The increasing trend of community alert text message schemes has been given a cautious welcome by members of the County Joint Policing Committee.
At a recent meeting of the committee, Chairperson, Councillor Peter Roche asked for clarification about the text schemes which are in operation in many rural communities.
The system operates whereby someone sends a text message out if they spot something suspicious and that message is distributed through the network.
Superintendent Marie Skehill of Galway Garda Division says that Gardaí are not involved in these schemes at present.
She told members of the committee that they are waiting for the Garda Commissioner to sign off on a policy in relation to community text schemes.
Councillor Michael Connolly says there has been a big push by local G.A.A clubs and IFA branches to become involved in making people more aware of preventing crime.
Crime Prevention Officer for Galway, Sergeant Pat Flanagan told the meeting that Gardaí are ‘unique’ and are an envied police force because they have the support of the community.
Superintendent Marie Skehill says that while community involvement is growing, Gardaí are still not connected to the text alert schemes
Three arrested after seizure of almost €1m of cannabis in Kilcolgan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three people have been arrested after almost €1m of cannabis was seized in Kilcolgan.
It follows a search carried out late yesterday afternoon which uncovered a growhouse in the area.
Members of the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises in Kilcolgan at around 3.30pm as part of Operation Tara.
They discovered a sophisticated growhouse operation and seized suspected cannabis plants worth €950 thousand.
Two men, both in their 40’s, and a woman in her 30’s, were arrested at the scene.
All of the drugs seized will be sent for analysis and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says the seizure is a significant blow to those trafficking illegal drugs in Galway – and Gardaí will continue to work to tackle and dismantle drug networks.
Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.
That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.
They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.
Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.
Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.
At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.
He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.
But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.