An Garda Sochna has today introduced a high visibility policing plan focused on support for vulnerable and crime prevention.
The policing plan comes into effect from 7 am today, October 16, 2020, and will remain in place until midnight Sunday, October 18, 2020.
The new high visibility policing plan will be in support of public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The plan will supplement the work being done under Operation Fanacht and Operation Navigation, which both continue this weekend.
The weekends policing plan is focused on ensuring engagement by An Garda Sochna with the public through three key strands:
1. Community Engagement
As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community Garda will work with individuals, community groups, statutory agencies, charities, and local businesses to provide a range of services to assist and protect the most vulnerable.
Garda members will also continue to engage with people to ensure compliance with public health guidelines and regulations through the 4Es approach of engage, educate and encourage, and only where provided for and as a last resort, enforcement.
2. Crime Prevention Patrols
Crime prevention patrols will be increased nationwide as part of the policing plan, particularly at locations such as public amenities, parks, and natural beauty spots.
There will be checkpoints in place with an enhanced focus on crime prevention and detection will take place over the weekend.
Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said; "Since the start of the pandemic, Garda members throughout the country have been helping the vulnerable and those who feel isolated.
"This involved simple, but important tasks such as collecting their prescription, delivering their pension, or even socially distanced contact.
"If people need such assistance or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station.
"We are here to help."