A Community Policing unit has been re-established in the New Ross district to increase garda visibility and engage in a meaningful way with ethnic minorities who are making up a rising percentage of the local population.
New Ross Garda Superintendent Jarlath Duffy said: “There was community policing unit here up until around 2012. Given the economic crisis and garda resourcing it was disbanded and all garda resources were put into frontline policing.”
Supt Duffy said upon his arrival in New Ross in March he wanted to reinstate the unit to increase visibility in the town and in villages.
“It’s back up and running in other parts of the county and I didn’t want New Ross to be left behind.”
The unit comprises three gardaí: Sergeant Barbara Mulhall, Kevin Burke and Tanya Keating.
“They will be working more regular hours. It will be day and afternoon shifts with cover from 7 a.m. till midnight six out of every eight days.”
The unit’s members will engage with local youth groups, active retirement groups and community groups.
“While we can’t be everywhere there are things we can do like pop up stations in certain areas. It’s about visibility. When we get up and running we will be more active on social media. we will be working with the community. As for how effective it will be, time will tell. New Ross is a very diverse community. we have a lot of transport companies and Ukrainian and Syrian people. It’s about working with these groups as well.”