Gardai out and about to help the people

Garda Community Policing Officer Aidan O’Mahony – a familiar face in Kerry – and probationer Garda David O’Sullivan,from Killarney, paying a visit to check in with Tom O’Brien in Tralee this Wednesday.
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GARDAI in Killarney and other areas in Kerry have assured the public that they are there to help vulnerable people in any way possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Special teams have been set up in Killarney, Tralee and Listowel – as well as other areas throughout the county – with uniformed gardai, working in shifts, on patrol and liaising with community alert groups.

They are available to help those in need with the collection of prescriptions or shopping for vulnerable people or just to check up on them to see if they need anything. They can also provide updates on what help is available and what advice the health authorities are issuing in the rapidly changing fight against coronavirus.

Gardai said they are very conscious of older people, especially in rural areas, who may be frail and afraid to go out and they assured them that they are just a phone call away.

Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster remarked: “This operation has received a very positive reception and I believe is a very worthwhile initiative”.

Eight new probationer gardaí have been sent from the training college in Templemore to Kerry and there has also been an allocation of temporary community policing vehicles to assist in responding to the policing needs of the community.

Earlier today two well-known footballing gardai were out and about in Tralee, calling to locals to ensure anything they needed was taken care of.

Kerry GAA legend Aidan O’Mahony from Rathmore, a Community Policing Officer in Tralee, was accompanied by David O’Sullivan, a well-known Killarney Legion footballer and probationer Garda who has been stationed in Kerry since last week following a ceremony in the Garda Training College in Templemore.

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