A BATCH of new community gardaí is on the way to Cork over the next six months to bolster frontline numbers.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said that, at present, Cork city has two sergeants and 24 gardaí working in community policing and they are looking to increase those numbers to four sergeants and 40 gardaí in the coming months.
Chief Supt McPolin said these increased numbers will be working closely with local communities.
“It will mean that every unit will have a core of dedicated community guards in their respective areas so they will be dedicated to engaging with their local community at all levels and with all duties that are required,” he said.
“We are receiving additional resources which will be frontline resources dedicated to policing the communities in the four districts across the city and I think it is great.”
Chief Supt McPolin said that the news had been widely welcomed and it was nice to see.
“I am delighted to see that we are getting a cohort of policing members across the city that will only benefit the communities themselves and that they will be devoted and dedicated to serving the community from the station that they are attached.”
As well as increasing community policing numbers, Chief Supt McPolin said that the Mayfield district was to receive 10 more new gardaí and Gurranabraher is to receive four.
Of the 10 members going to Mayfield, five are probationers and five are experienced. These new gardaí add to the 10 probationers that have been deployed to Mayfield in the past year.
Chief Superintendent Mick Comyns who is head of the Mayfield district said he is delighted with the increased numbers.
“Anytime you are getting extra members into the district it is brilliant,” he said.