Gardaí to 'advance' live investigations on Day of Action

Gardaí in Listowel expect to 'advance' criminal investigations as extra policing resources are directed the Listowel division's way from across the county as part of a planned 'Day of Action' on Friday.

It's part of a garda initiative running in Kerry with some time that sees each division hosting a 'day of action', with Listowel in line on Friday.

Members of the public are now being asked to engage with the day which will also include free public talks, school visits as well as special multi-agency checkpoints and much more.

Listowel Division Sgt Dermot O'Brien urged everyone interested to attend a special talk at 11am on Friday at the Listowel Family Resource Centre by one of the county's foremost experts on keeping homes and properties safe from opportunist burglars - Kerry Divisional Crime Prevention Sgt Jim Foley.

"The Kerry Divisional Garda Day of Action has been assigned to the Listowel Garda District for Friday, May 10 in an initiative of the assistant commissioner for the Southern Region Anne Marie McMahon," Sgt Dermot O'Brien explained.

"Basically, it's a day of action based around the fundamental pillars of policing that will see lots of additional garda and multi-agency checkpoints being mounted around North Kerry, as well as a major emphasis on the community policing initiative," Sgt O'Brien added.

Of great interest in terms of community policing is the talk by Sgt Foley:

"Sgt Foley is vastly experienced with specialist training in crime prevention so we are hoping for a great turnout on Friday morning as he outlines his advice on preventing crime and maintaining public safety. That talk is open to everyone in the community, with numerous groups from Community Alert to Active Retirement to attend."

Crucially, the day of action will see the work of the Listowel division bolstered by resources from across the county. Gardaí in Listowel expect the help will allow them to progress existing investigations.

"We will also be taking the opportunity to advance criminal investigations," Sgt O'Brien explained.

"These criminal investigations are ongoing across the district but, with the extra resources available to us on the day, we will be acting on intelligence and progressing our enquiries," he added.

Road safety is another massive focus of the day with the Garda Traffic Corps in Kerry focusing on the Listowel district alongside local gardaí. Meanwhile, it is expected that armed detectives will also mount a number of criminal checkpoints alongside uniformed members.

Previous days of action have proven their worth with real results, Sgt O'Brien said.

"We would anticipate arrests as a direct result of the day of action, from advancing investigations, as well as a much greater sense of public awareness about everything from crime prevention to public safety and road safety in order to reduce both the incidence of crimes on property and people as well as to reduce the incidence of serious road collisions."