Wednesday 19 June 2019

25 new gardai arrive in town

'We will have feet on the street from now on' - supt

Drogheda's garda numbers - although still lacking compared to some towns in other parts of the country - will be boosted significantly next Monday.

20 new recruits will arrive from Templemore , to be added to by five more, presently stationed in Dundalk.

And the first act they'll have is to get 'feet on the street' as garda bosses bring back a return to local policing.

'There have been reports that children are afraid to play in the streets in some parts of this town and we plan to tackle that,' Supt Andrew Watters stated.

'We will have foot patrols in a number of areas, on the main streets, in estates, in key areas.'

Garda numbers in Drogheda have come under the spotlight in the past year as a local feud has drawn the town into the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Manpower and the lack of it, has been cited as a significant factor and following talks with government and Commissioner Drew Harris, extra garda numbers for the town have been agreed.

That has added to the 24 hour armed response units that have become very visible in the past number of weeks, the unit involved in a number of late night stops and operations.

'We want to reassure the public that the gardai in Drogheda are aware of the issues out there and we are tackling them on an ongoing basis and that will continue even more so now.

'We are here to serve the community and make them feel safe and we want to see the kids back playing.

'People will see officers out and about all the time.' The extra numbers will see four new gardai per unit on duty.

That also adds to the increase in Inspectors, including local man Aidan McCabe who joins the Drogheda unit from Balbriggan.

Drogheda Independent