The Cork Business Association welcomes the announcement that there will be additional Gardaí on the streets of Cork during the busy Christmas and Ney Year periods. The CBA has been lobbying on behalf of its members for this development for some considerable time. The fact that we will now have a demonstrably visible Gardaí presence on the cities streets will be of great comfort to both the business community and the general public. Whilst we note that these numbers are specifically for the Christmas period. Another positive development is that from January 2, 2020, eight of these probationers will be permanently allocated to Anglesea Street and Mayfield Garda Stations.
Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said:
"I am delighted to welcome the 32 Probationer Gardaí who have been temporarily assigned to assist in our Christmas management plan this year.
"I am also delighted that eight of these probationers will then be permanently allocated to Anglesea Street and Mayfield Garda Station.
"The 32 probationers will be deployed to assist our Gardaí in the city at keys times that have been identified by the Garda Analysis Services.
"Our aim is proving high viability policing to tackle thefts, drugs, public order incidents and to help the flow of traffic in the city."
The Chief Superintendent continued to add that additional checkpoints will be established over the Christmas season:
"The Probationer Gardaí will be in addition to the regular members that policing the city, as well as an additional one Sergeant and four Gardaí who will be patrolling the city centre.
"Members from our Roads Policing Unit will also be increasing checkpoints targeting drink and drug driving and other general road offences.
"The flow of traffic will increase in the city and I would ask that where possible, people avail of public transport and use the park and ride facility we have here in Cork.
"Have a plan in place if you are going out socialising and most importantly, have a safe and happy Christmas."
The additional Gardaí follows calls from many for Gardaí to have more of a visible presence on the street to deter acts of theft and violence.