Com­mu­nity polic­ing is­sue

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE IS­SUE of com­mu­nity polic­ing was raised at Wick­low Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee with Cllr Shay Cullen ask­ing if the text alert schemes across the county were hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on de­tec­tion rates.

‘Most ru­ral ar­eas are served by text alert,’ he said. ‘Is it hav­ing any in­put?’

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Paul Quirke said that the sys­tem has proven to be very ef­fec­tive and en­cour­aged the pub­lic to re­port in­ci­dents of con­cern.

He re­minded the pub­lic that crime can be re­ported on­line as well as through garda sta­tions and the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line.

He in­di­cated that he would soon be in­ter­view­ing for com­mu­nity of­fi­cers in Wick­low, who would be tasked with link­ing in with the planned di­rect pro­vi­sion cen­tre.

Cllr Cullen also raised a con­cern about road safety where cy­clists are con­cerned.

He shared the view that nei­ther cy­clists or mo­torists who each other re­spect on the roads and said that he feared an ac­ci­dent would hap­pen.

‘We will have to tackle this. It’s far too se­ri­ous to turn a blind eye,’ he said.

Chief Supt Quirke said that the road safety mes­sage here is ‘slowly get­ting across’.

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