New gardaí allocated to Cork for Covid-19 crisis

New gardaí allocated to Cork for Covid-19 crisis
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

EIGHT gardaí are being re-deployed from the Garda College to the Cork North garda division as part of a national policing package in the face of Covid-19.

And 11 newly attested gardaí are being allocated to Cork North, while 16 are being deployed to Cork city and 7 are going to Cork West.

They were attested today and will take up duties next week.

319 new gardaí passed out at today's ceremony.

A garda spokesman said: "The newly attested Gardaí are part of An Garda Síochána’s range of measures to maximise our operational availability and support other vital public services in responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation."

He said the attestation ceremony means that there are now 14,758 sworn gardaí in the force, the highest in the history of the State.

Some of the tranche who passed out yesterday have only been in training for approximately one month but Commissioner Drew Harris promised they will be accompanied by longer serving gardaí and will not be unsupervised.

The spokesman added: "In addition to the newly attested Gardaí, An Garda Síochána has implemented a number of prudent organisational changes across the organisation. Some of these changes include amendments to rosters, restricted annual leave, delaying retirements where possible, hiring an additional 210 community support vehicles and the redeployment of personnel including 124 personnel from the Garda Training College, who have been redeployed across all four Regions."

Commissioner Drew Harris has designated the ongoing situation as an "exceptional event” in accordance with the Working Time Agreement.

The garda spokesman stressed: "At this time there has been no change to the role of Special Tactics & Operations Command (STOC), Special Crime Operations and Detective / Drugs Units nationwide. Whilst contingency planning is in place, these units continue to support the community and Garda colleagues with a range of specialist services."

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