Cork students urged to think with their brains, not their fists during Raise and Give Week

Cork students urged to think with their brains, not their fists during Raise and Give Week
Garda Lorraine O'Donovan, Garda Marie O'Neill and Garda Damien Desmond from the Community Policing office in Anglesea Street gave a talk to students in Cork College of Commerce in relation to drug awareness and personal safety during the upcoming Raise and Give week.

GARDAÍ are urging students to use their brains, not their fists, ahead of Raise and Give Week in Cork next week.

Students are also being asked to be respectful of residents in Cork city ahead of the annual RAG Week social and fundraising events taking place across the city. 

Community Policing Sgt Michael O Connell said: "I would ask that students be mindful when out socialising. Be respectful to the local residents that live around the college areas. 

"If you find yourself in a heated situation, remember to use your brain, not your fists. Assaults can affect many lives, not just the victim. 

"A conviction for assault could ruin your career before it has even started or prevent you from travelling abroad on a J1 visa.” 

Gardai will be issuing €75 fines for drinking on the street, similar to last year. 

During last year's Raise and Give Week, there were arrests for public order, assault, drink/drug driving and possession of drugs.

This week, gardaí are liaising with colleges, students' unions, residents, community groups, publicans, landlords and Cork City Council to ensure that this year's Raise and Give Week, to prevent anti-social behaviour.

A garda spokesman said: “Leaflet drops have been carried out in the local communities containing the relevant details and contact numbers if they require assistance. 

"All licensed premises in the area have been visited and encouraged to take an active role in keeping events secure and not to allow alcohol off the premises.” 

He added: “Gardaí will be actively visiting pubs during the week. Extra patrols from the Garda Community Policing Unit, Drug Unit and Divisional Roads Policing Units will be out during the course of the week.”

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