Pupils enjoy their brush with the law

Simon Brouder

PRIMARY school pupils from all over Tralee enjoyed an exciting day out on Tuesday when they got the chance to learn all about policing at a specially organised Garda open day.

The event, which was organised as part of the national Garda Schools Programme, took place at both the Austin Stacks and Na Gaeil GAA club grounds and was attended by pupils from almost all of Tralee's primary schools.

At the twin events pupils were introduced to, and given a chance to play with, the canine members of the Garda Dog Unit as well as meeting members of the elite armed Garda Emergency Response Unit.

The ERU members, some of whom were kitted out in their full riot response gear, proved a big hit especially with male pupils who were clearly highly impressed by the emergency unit members' fearsome looking equipment.

The Kerry divisional drugs unit, the traffic corp, garda customs officers and the local community policing unit were also on hand for the event and members spent several hours explaining their work to the fascinated youngsters.

Tralee's top garda Superintendent Jim O'Connor also made an appearance and delivered and interesting talk on the life of a Garda to the assembled pupils.


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