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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Policing policy appeal as garda seek input into plan

Sgt Eddie Wilde of New Ross Garda Station
Sgt Eddie Wilde of New Ross Garda Station

David Looby

New Ross gardai are appealing to people to highlight issues they want to include in the local force's policing plan for the New Ross district for next year.

Sergeant Eddie Wilde said: 'We are preparing a Policing Plan for 2019 and we are asking for the public to highlight issues that they wish New Ross gardai to deal with or areas they have concerns about. All submissions will be treated in the strictest of confidence.'

Sgt Wilde said feedback will be given on all suggestions which should be sent to him at New Ross Garda Station.

He said: 'This will give people the opportunity to contribute to the policing plan in the district. This is a progressive approach and if people are willing to engage it will definitely improve the policing service we supply in New Ross district. We recognise that to biggest potential to improve the policing service throughout New Ross is to increase interaction with the public and to promote a problem solving approach within communities, gardaí and other agencies working together.'

Sgt Wilde said the gardai need to work with the public to improve and develop the service they provide across the New Ross district.

'We don't see criticism as a negative and people should be able to highlight what they want. We hope to have a big response and that some good suggestions will make New Ross a better place. I have worked here for a long time and I have developed a huge respect for the people of New Ross and the surrounding areas and would like to hear from them.'

He said there are always huge efforts made when people are in trouble or in need, such as missing persons or in the major weather events of the past year.

'We would really value hearing suggestions or opinions from everyone and no issue is too small for us to consider. There are a lot of new gardai in New Ross and more interaction between the community and their gardai would be extremely positive. It is something we all have to work hard at.'

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