Gardai to meet Limerick city retailers and business owners on policing issues

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’S most senior garda is to meet retailers and business owners to discuss issues relating to policing and security in the city.

LIMERICK’S most senior garda is to meet retailers and business owners to discuss issues relating to policing and security in the city.

The public meeting with Chief Superintendent David Sheahan and other senior gardai will take place in the Savoy Hotel next week and is to be facilitated by the Limerick Local Heroes Group.

The meeting will give an opportunity for all engaged in business activity in the city centre to “exchange views and opinions relating to policing and security in the city in a non-formal setting”, according to the group, set up to affect positive change in the city centre.

“Those in attendance will be invited to raise security issues pertaining to their own businesses and the city as a whole,” explained Nigel Dugdale of the Local Heroes Group. The meeting will also focus on achievable methods of improving communications between businesses and the gardai in the city,” he said.

The meeting will include presentations from the Crime Prevention Officer and representatives of community policing in the city, and is intended to create lines of communication between retailers and the gardai.

“This is a great opportunity for all parties engaged in doing business in the city centre to participate in an open forum with An Garda Siochana with a view towards creating a strategy of positive communication,” added Mr Dugdale.

Chief Superintendent Sheahan, in an interview with Limerick’s Live 95FM recently, said he hoped the meeting would “highlight some of the issues” and decrease theft figures in the city.

“That will deal with temporal data, in other words what time these [offences] are mainly happening, where they are actually happening and what strategies can we put in place coming up to the Christmas period to bring about a reduction so that ourselves and the retail sector and the security within the retail sector can work in unison together to ensure that we have a happy Christmas and that the figures are reduced,” he said.