Louth Garda Division launched an Age Friendly Community Engagement Initiative specifically focused at reaching out to elderly and vulnerable people across the county.
Community Gardai attached to Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee Garda Districts will be visiting elderly residents in the coming days to deliver crime prevention packs which contain an LED candle, a fridge magnet where next of kin, eircode and telephone number of local Garda Station can be added, along with several pamphlets providing advice on crime prevention.
It is expected that this initiative will be rolled out nationally in the coming weeks.
Chief Superintendent Alan McGovern launched the initiative with local Superintendents, Charlie Armstrong and Andy Watters, and was joined at the event by Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant John Heavy, representatives from Age Action Ireland, Louth County Council, local Councillors and Community Gardai.
Chief Supt McGovern welcomed the initiative saying “Louth Gardai will continue to work with our communities, focusing on community safety in order to reduce the fear of crime.”
The packs will be delivered within communities in Louth that had been assisted by Gardaí during the pandemic , but are also available by contacting any Garda Station.