Garda chief moves to allay public fears

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

LIMERICK’S most senior garda has moved to reassure the people of county Limerick that the policing service in their area will not be diminished as a result of the moratorium on garda recruitment and the departure of senior gardai from the Limerick division.

LIMERICK’S most senior garda has moved to reassure the people of county Limerick that the policing service in their area will not be diminished as a result of the moratorium on garda recruitment and the departure of senior gardai from the Limerick division.

This week alone saw the departure of Superintendent Tom Lundon from Bruff Garda District and the news that Supt John Scanlan - who is currently stationed at Roxboro Road - is to be promoted to the rank of chief superintendent in the coming months.

Limerick’s chief superintendent, David Sheahan, said he will be doing all in his power to ensure that the gaps being created at the top, as well as the moratorium on garda recruitment, won’t impact on policing on the ground.

“Going forward the challenge for me is to ensure that the policing service won’t be diminished in any way, shape or form by the loss of anybody and for me that’s the major challenge. I can assure those people out in the county and in the city as well, that I will certainly do all in my power to ensure that the policing service won’t be diminished in any shape, way or form,” he continued.

He said he has been assured there will be an announcement, sooner rather than later, on replacements for both Supt Lundon - who has been transferred to Garda Headquarters in Dublin and Supt Scanlan whose promotion is expected to take effect in the coming months.

“It’s a changing environment that we are operating in at the moment. I can’t legislate for who is going to come and go but at the same I have been given many assurances that those positions will be filled in the short term rather than in the long term,” he said.

This week also saw the release of the latest garda statistics which shows an overall decrease in the level of crime in the county.