Limerick gardai to discuss rural isolation and mental health

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche is hoping there will be a good turnout

Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche is hoping there will be a good turnout

GARDAI are holding a number of crime-prevention events and public talks across Limerick over the coming weeks.

The first event – focusing on personal safety – took place last Friday morning following 10am Mass at St Michael’s Church, Denmark Street in the city centre.

The second event – focusing on rural isolation and crime prevention will take place at the Old Convent, Bruff at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 12.

That event is aimed at people who are living in rural communities. Topics which will be discussed on the night include personal safety advice, wintertime burglary prevention, farm theft and best practice for marking property.

The free event will also feature a discussion on rural isolation and ways to overcome it and there will also be a discussion in relation to mental health.

“We want to see as many people as possible come out to this talk. It’s a great opportunity to have a cuppa and get to know some of the locals as well as your local gardaí. Crime in our more isolated areas is something we are very aware of and we are taking a proactive approach in addressing it,” said Superintendent Brian Sugrue.

The head of the Limerick garda division, Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche, is hoping there will be a good turnout.

“It’s all part of our community engagement strategy – we want to get people aware of everything that’s going on around them so that they can help us out and help with crime prevention because it’s better to be preventing crime rather than having to detect it afterwards or investigate it,” he said.

“We have a good few different speakers (in Bruff) so we will be focusing on person safety as well as burglary and theft prevention, personal wellness and rural isolation. It’s all about getting back to neighbourliness and keeping an eye on each other and keeping an eye on your neighbours to make sure they are ok,” he added.

Chief Supt Roche has confirmed a new community policing model is to be rolled out across the Limerick garda division in the coming weeks.