Gar­dai ap­peal for help in run-up to Hal­loween

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GAR­DAÍ are ap­peal­ing for the pub­lic’s help in the run-up to Hal­loween to pre­vent dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions from de­vel­op­ing.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Gerry Cur­ley has asked peo­ple to alert the guards if they see tyres and pal­lets be­ing col­lected for bon­fires; as well as fire­works.

‘Bon­fires have the po­ten­tial for se­ri­ous crim­i­nal dam­age,’ he said.

Ad­dress­ing the an­nual pub­lic meet­ing of the Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, he in­stanced Black­rock as be­ing a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem at Hal­loween.

‘Young peo­ple are go­ing out there, and con­gre­gat­ing on the beach, caus­ing dif­fi­culty.’

How­ever, there are also prob­lems in ar­eas of Dun­dalk, as well as Knock­bridge, Greenore, Car­ling­ford and Omeath, the su­per­in­ten­dent went on.

Mov­ing away from Hal­loween, Mr. Cur­ley gave an over­view of the crime sit­u­a­tion in the JPC area, which cov­ers the town, north Louth and out to the bor­der.

In the cat­e­gory of bur­glar­ies, thefts and rob­beries, there has been a re­duc­tion as a re­sult of Op­er­a­tion Scale, ‘ but it is still an area of con­cern.’

The guards have given pub­lic or­der a lot of at­ten­tion, and there has been an 18% in­crease in de­tec­tions be­cause of this pro-ac­tive ap­proach.

Supt. Cur­ley said Car­ling­ford, ‘a great at­trac­tion for many groups’, has pub­lic or­der prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly on bank hol­i­day week­ends; and spe­cial op­er­a­tions have been put in place.

He also re­vealed that the new Car­ling­ford ferry ‘ has led to pub­lic or­der of­fences.’

Mean­while, as­saults caus­ing harm, and mi­nor as­saults, are an is­sue; and Supt. Cur­ley spoke of the divi­sion’s new pro­tec­tive ser­vices unit, a spe­cific unit deal­ing with sex­ual as­saults.

On the sub­ject of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, he pointed out in the ma­jor­ity of cases no com­plaint is made, so there is lit­tle the guards can do to bring th­ese mat­ters to court.

How­ever, in or­der to of­fer vic­tims sup­port, gar­daí have a one-week call back sys­tem in place.

Busi­ness Watch has been op­er­at­ing for over a year, and there is one of­fi­cer on full-time town cen­tre pa­trol; with other pa­trols to be in­creased lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

Dis­si­dent ac­tiv­ity is mon­i­tored on a daily ba­sis, the su­per­in­ten­dent con­tin­ued.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mur­ders of Irene White and De­tec­tive Adrian Dono­hoe are on­go­ing, with a num­ber of peo­ple de­ployed on them, ‘full-time, all the time.’

There are two eth­nic li­ai­son of­fi­cers meet­ing with eth­nic mi­nori­ties on a reg­u­lar ba­sis; while Supt. Cur­ley re­ported that the garda youth di­ver­sion projects in Cox’s Demesne and Muirhev­namór have been suc­cess­ful.

Garda Su­per­in­ten­dent Gerry Cur­ley who at­tended the meet­ing.

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