Gardaí will carry out in excess of 100 checkpoints on main routes and will undertake high visibility patrols in key city, urban and retail locations in the run-up to Christmas.
Ahead of the country’s move to Level 3 tomorrow, An Garda Síochána said it is adapting its ongoing policing operation in support of the prevailing public health measures.
Gardaí said that under Operation Fanacht, in excess of 100 checkpoints on main routes supported by a schedule of mobile checkpoints will be conducted on a daily basis with a focus on the guidelines on inter-county travel. Static checkpoints will operate during off-peak hours – 10am to 4pm, and 7pm to 9pm.
The fixed checkpoints on motorway/ dual carriageway routes will no longer be in place.
Gardaí said high visibility patrols will take place in key city, urban and retail locations in the run-up to Christmas.
There will also be patrols that will focus on the night-time economy, with An Garda Síochána liaising “closely with retail and licensed premises”.
Gardaí said that checks on licensed premises under Operation Navigation will step back up again.
Community engagement activity will continue to focus on the vulnerable and those who feel isolated, particularly during Christmas time, while there will be continued active investigation of domestic abuse, as well as support for victims under Operation Faoiseamh.
In a statement, gardaí said that as was the case under Level 5, An Garda Síochána will be maximising its operational resources to deliver a high visibility presence to provide public reassurance.
“In delivering this operation, Gardaí will continue to use the 4Es approach of engage, explain and encourage, and only as a last resort, enforcement,” the statement added.
Commenting on the changes, Commissioner Drew Harris said, "Throughout the pandemic there has been very good compliance by the public with the health advice and regulations. It is critical that this continues in Level 3.
"While people are able to undertake more activities and travel wider from 1st December, we all need to remember that Covid-19 is still with us and we should act accordingly. We all must continue to play our part by heeding the public health advice. This is the best way of protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours.”
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, "Between now and 18th December, An Garda Síochána’s focus is on keeping people safe through a wide-range of operational activities. In doing so, based on our tradition of policing by consent, An Garda Síochána will maintain its 4Es approach with the main emphasis being on engaging people to encourage compliance.
"In addition, while the run-up to Christmas is a time of joy for many people, for some it can be lonely and difficult. An Garda Síochána will have a particular emphasis during the coming weeks on reaching out to people who are vulnerable or feel isolated. We are here to help in any way we can. If you know someone who is struggling or needs help, please contact your local Garda station and we will do whatever we can. Even a social distanced chat can make a world of difference to people at this stressful time,” added Deputy Twomey.