The entire country has now implemented level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions.
The new restrictions will remain in effect for a period of six weeks. It is planned that it will end by December 1st.
The new measures of a Garda Síochána are being introduced to ensure compliance with the level 5 guidelines and regulations for public health.
Under the plan, training at Garda College will be suspended for the next nine weeks, with the exception of technical training (firearms and armed support).
This frees up the following personnel for frontline surveillance:
- 125 certified Garda trainees are currently completing phase 1 training at Garda College.
- 75 Garda trainees who have not completed phase 1 training.
- 60 Gardaí work as tutors / instructors at Garda College. This is in addition to the 45 Gardaí who temporarily moved from Garda College to the front lines at the beginning of the pandemic and who continue to serve on the front lines.
These deployments will take effect November 2, 2020.
In addition, gardaí is used in administrative roles throughout the company for operational tasks whenever possible.
The 12-hour emergency plan will be extended to March 31, 2021.
In total, there will be more than 2,500 Gardaí on duty at any given time, with an emphasis on high visibility checkpoints and patrols to aid in Level 5 compliance.
Operation Fanacht and public engagement
Starting today, Operation Fanacht will have an extensive network of checkpoints across the country.
The 132 static checkpoints on freeways that were introduced earlier this month will remain in place and will be supplemented by hundreds of rolling checkpoints on main and secondary roads.
According to Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the volume of private cars on key routes at the national level decreased by 14.5% after Operation Fanacht was launched, compared to traffic in the week prior to the operation.
There will also be highly visible community engagement patrols by Gardaí in parks, natural beauty and public places.
While the vast majority of gardaí will focus on outreach, national units will continue to prevent and detect crime in areas such as crime detection, armed assistance, national security and organized crime, and departmental drug departments.
Today Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: “The public has respected the travel restrictions very well than they were before. It is important that we see a high level of compliance again this time.
Public health advice is clear. This will help save lives.
“In particular, we would like to ask people to think about their travels and not train or travel outside the 5km limit unless this meets the essential criteria.”
Harris said An Garda Síochána will continue its “tiered response based on our tradition of consensual policing”.
“This is a difficult time for everyone, but if we all work together we can reduce the spread of Covid-19 and protect our families, friends and neighbors,” he said.
Over the coming weeks, the Garda National Protective Services Bureau and Divisional Protective Service Units will continue to support victims of domestic violence as part of Operation Faoiseamh.
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Operation Faoiseamh, launched on April 1, 2020, has seen greater levels of support, protection and safety for victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Operation Faoiseamh resulted in thousands of contacts with victims of domestic violence, arrests and over 100 law enforcement operations.
In conducting this operation, gardaí will continue to use the 4Es approach to promote, educate and promote enforcement and only where provided as a last resort.
As has been the case since the pandemic began, gardaí will continue to work with the most vulnerable people in society to provide them with the support they need.
Garda Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said: “Throughout the pandemic, Gardaí has helped the vulnerable and those who feel isolated across the country. Gardaí collected recipes, delivered pensions and had socially distant contacts.
“If people need such help or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station. We are here to help.”
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