Gardaí in Cork report a rise in assaults in the workplace

Gardaí in Cork report a rise in assaults in the workplace

GARDAÍ at Anglesea Street have highlighted an increasing trend in assaults taking place in the workplace and other non-public spaces.

Figures revealed at the Cork city Joint Policing Committee (JPC) show that assaults causing harm have risen to 195 — a 17% increase — while, minor assaults, are up to 781, a rise of 19%.

However, Chier Superintendent Barry McPolin said a more detailed look at the figures has shown that assaults in areas that are not generally accessible to all the public are rising.

Over 25% of serious assaults in Cork city are occurring in private settings, while 50% of minor assaults have been found to also happen in a non-public setting.

“We have broken down the percentage of assaults that have occurred in a public place and a non-public place and the figures are quite interesting,” said Chief Superintendent McPolin.

“For assaults causing harm between January and October, there were 165 incidents and 42 of those took place in a non-public place.

“Of minor assaults, 492 took place in a public place and 246 took place in a non-public place so 50% of minor assaults happened in a non-public place.

“A non-public place can be categorised primarily as a canteen, a creche, Garda station, nursing home or offices,” Mr McPolin added.

He said that many assaults are being driven by intoxication through alcohol and drugs.

Mr McPolin also said the Gardaí are targeting areas that are known to be “assault hotspots”.

They are also cracking down on the searching of individuals for weapons.

Harassment, stalking and threats are down 19% with just 17 being investigated this year.

Gardaí in the city are currently dealing with three murder cases and 31 threats of murder, the JPC was told.

JPC chair councillor Colm Kelleher said media coverage portraying Cork as a “lawless” city is not accurate given that crime statistics are slightly below levels.recorded in 2018.

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