SIX new gardaí have joined the West Cork Road Policing Unit after the first 87 new members completed their induction training, and have been appointed to units throughout the country.
The Garda Commissioner has appointed an additional 87 (seven sergeants, 80 gardaí) members to the Roads Policing Units, formerly known as the Traffic Corps, across the country.
A further 63 gardaí have been successful in a recent competition and will be appointed in October 2018, bringing the total number of gardaí in Roads Policing to more than 700. Further appointments will be made in 2019, 2020 and 2021 in order to reach a commitment given by the Garda Commissioner to increase the numbers in Roads Policing to 1,031 by 2021.
Addressing the new members, Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey emphasised the importance of the role these members will play in making roads and communities safer and protecting road users from the risk of death and serious injury.
Commissioner Twomey also said that this must be done “with the support of the community and encouraged members to be utterly professional in their work, to be balanced in their actions and be both reasonable and proportionate in the execution of their duties.
“Last year was the safest year recorded on Irish roads and the challenge is to continue the hard work to ensure that the downward trend in road deaths and serious injuries continues,” he added.
“A key element of the work of the new Roads Policing Unit will be to deny criminals the use of the roads network. In addition to focusing on the lifesaver offences of speeding, seatbelts, mobile phones and driving under the influence, there will be a significant focus on crime prevention and crime detection.”
The Deputy Commissioner revealed that Roads Policing will work closely with crime units to target known criminals and to disrupt their activities through strict enforcement of road traffic legislation.