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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - An Garda Síochána Announces Measures in Relation to Delay Phase of COVID-19 13/3/20

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COVID-19 – An Garda Síochána Begins Major Policing Operation in support of public compliance of public health measures - 27 March 2020

Videos of Commissioner Harris Media Briefing: Covid-19 Major Policing Operation on 28/3/20

An Garda Síochána has this evening started a major nationwide policing operation focused on supporting public compliance with public health measures over this weekend.

Following recent announcements by An Taoiseach of the necessity for people to undertake a range of public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, there will be high visibility patrolling by Garda members across the country during the weekend.

The focus of this activity will be on encouraging people to adhere to public health measures as announced by An Taoiseach. 

The policing operation runs from 7pm tonight until 7am on Monday morning (March 30) and will involve thousands of Gardaí on foot, bike and mobile patrols.

While An Garda Síochána will seek to encourage people to maintain the necessary public health measures, it will intervene where venues/ outlets are not in compliance or where groups of people are not adhering to recommended measures.

An Garda Síochána acknowledges that the vast majority of the public are being responsible and making great efforts to implementing public health measures including social distancing guidelines, this includes staying active as a family unit and availing of fresh air and exercise. 

However, the presence of large crowds in any one area reduces the effective impact of social distancing.  

An Garda Síochána asks people and families to continue to be responsible, not to attend popular locations for overly long periods and where the numbers of persons starts to increase at any location to leave such areas.

Announcing An Garda Síochána’s operation for this weekend Commissioner Drew Harris said, "An Garda Síochána’s priority is keeping people safe and that will continue this weekend. There will be a major policing plan across the country with high visibility of Garda members at key locations.

"It is vital that people adhere to the social distancing guidelines. This will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The vast majority of people are complying with the guidelines and we want that to continue this weekend. By all of us working together, we can flatten the curve and keep our loved ones safe.”

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, "These high visibility patrols are to provide re-assurance and social distancing advice to the public. 

"Garda members will pro-actively engage positively with people. An Garda Síochána will police as it has always done with the consent of the people. It is in everybody’s interest that people comply with these measures.”

Physical distancing saves lives

Physical distancing is keeping a 2m (6ft) space between you and other people. You should not shake hands or make close contact where possible.

This video demonstrates 2 metres:

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey - An Garda Síochána’s response to Covid19 on 19 March 2020.

"We don't want vulnerable people to put themselves at risk. We have restructured the deployment of our resources so we have the personnel available to respond to whatever the community needs." #washyourhands #socialdistancing

(Footage Courtesy of RTE - Primetime)

Crime Prevention Advice

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'Social Distancing' - Contacting An Garda Síochána - 14 March 2020

During this 'Delay' phase of the National response to COVID-19 everyone is asked to work as a community to reduce the impact of COVID-19.  Social distancing aims, through a variety of means, to decrease or interrupt the spread of COVID-19.  It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.  Social distancing is keeping a 2m (6ft) space between you and other people. You should not shake hands or make close contact where possible.

All Public Offices of Garda stations remain open. However, if you need to contact An Garda Síochána please consider the following:

  • In an emergency always dial 999/112 - You should use this service if a crime or incident is happening now or if anyone is in immediate danger.
  • Non-emergency or general enquiries:
  • For non-emergency or general enquiries, you can contact your local Garda Station by Telephone and Email.
  • Contact details for all Garda stations and key offices are available in the Garda Stations Directory

Did you know:

You can report the theft of property (in certain circumstances) up to a value of €1000 online, please go to this link

In other circumstances, contact An Garda Síochána and we will attend to you as soon as practicable.

If you need to renew a passport, a Passport Card, or apply for a Passport Card this service may be available using the Online Passport Renewal Service.

Other means of reporting information to An Garda Síochána:

Garda Confidential Line – 1800 666 111
Traffic Watch - 1890 205 805
Crimestoppers Freefone - 1800 250 025
Bribery and Corruption Confidential Reporting Line - 1800 40 60 80

Information from the HSE on measures in Response to COVID-19 for the General Public can be found here

The most current and up-to-date information from the HSE in relation to COVID-19 for the General Public can be found here

An Garda Síochána Announces Measures in Relation to Delay Phase of COVID-19 13th March 2020

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday in relation to measures to delay COVID-19, An Garda Síochána is putting in place a number of measures to maximise our operational availability and support other vital public services including:

  • A contingency roster will go into effect from Monday March 16th 2020.
  • Annual leave for personnel will be restricted to no more than 5% of a Divisional/Bureau workforce at any given time with effect from 13 March 2020.
  • Approximately 325 Garda students in the Garda College will be attested as Garda members next week and allocated to Garda stations nationally in the coming weeks (approximately 200 from one class, and 125 from the next class).
  • Garda members working as tutors/instructors in the Garda College will be deployed to operational duties or essential training services.
  • Training in the Garda College will be deferred until further notice expect for specialist training activity (firearms, driver, armed support).
  • In order to enhance community support, 210 additional vehicles have been hired.
  • Members of An Garda Síochána who were scheduled to avail of the severance package on 1 April 2020 have been invited to defer their retirement for three months.
  • Subject to Government approval, Garda members of all ranks who have reached the compulsory retirement age can apply to remain in employment for a further 12 months subject to terms and conditions. Any Garda member who is required to retire on age ground on or before 1st June 2020 and wishes to remain in service can forward an application for the consideration of the Commissioner.
  • The Commissioner has designated the ongoing situation as an "exceptional event” in accordance with the Working Time Agreement.
  • Non-essential foreign travel will not be undertaken. All unnecessary large gatherings will be restricted. Only essential meetings in accordance with Government guidelines will take place with attendance limited to essential personnel only.

Earlier this week, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security established the Garda National Co-ordination Unit. Headed by a Chief Superintendent, its role is to ensure a coordinated approach when dealing with organisational issues with the COVID-19 virus.