“An Garda Síochána is in the process of hiring additional vehicles to provide additional mobility to our members nationwide to provide increased community support and community engagement across the country.
Speaking today Deputy Commissioner Twomey stated that “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated. An Garda Síochána has always worked closely with our communities and we continue to do so in these extraordinary times”.
An Garda Síochána continue to urge families, neighbours and community groups to engage with people in line with ‘social distancing’ guidelines.
As an organisation, Gardaí across the country are being asked to actively identify those persons most at need, particularly those with limited local family or social support. In these cases, An Garda Síochána will assist.
These ‘contingency’ vehicles will be used to maintain personal interactions and were needed to assist and support people, which may include collecting medical prescriptions, attending hospital appointments and other supports they may need. They are not ‘primary response vehicles’.
An Garda Síochána will also use these opportunities to link identified people into local, national and state services where appropriate.
Any person with these concerns for themselves or a neighbour should contact their local Garda station, Contact details, including email contact, for all Garda stations can be found on the Garda website or in any phonebook.
An Garda Síochána has established a COVID-19 National Co-Ordination Unit operating from Garda Headquarters under Deputy Commissioner Twomey, Policing and security to co-ordinate and manage a strategic Garda response to this dynamic situation. Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security currently chairs daily meetings with Regional Commanders and Heads of Section monitoring the evolving position”.
Gardai in Sligo and Leitrim will be available to assist in any way the vulnerable and older persons in our communities and those who may not have any family members living close by.
The Community Gardai will be out in our communities liaising and patrolling but at all times will adhere to the HSE advice regarding social distancing, washing hands and sneezing appropriately. From delivering shopping, picking up medical prescriptions or just a telephone call, I hope the network colleagues will inform service users to contact their local Garda Station if in need.
· Sligo Garda Station 071 9157000
· Ballymote Garda Station 071 9189500
· Carrick On Shannon Garda Station 071 9650510
Keep safe all.