GARDAÍ are to mount checkpoints and have a high visibility presence around Laois over the weekend to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The operation, which is a nationwide policing plan focused on support for the vulnerable and crime prevention, came into force at 7am this morning (Friday) and will last until midnight on Sunday 18 October and is in support of public health guidelines.
A garda spokesperson said “As has been the case throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, community gardaí will work with individuals, community groups, statutory agencies, charities and local businesses to provide a range of services to assist and protect the most vulnerable.
“Garda members will also continue to engage with people to ensure compliance with public health guidelines and regulations through the 4Es approach of engage, educate and encourage, and only where provided for and as a last resort, enforcement.”
Crime Prevention Patrols
Crime prevention patrols will be increased nationwide, particularly at locations such as public amenities, parks, and natural beauty spots.
Checkpoints focusing on Crime Detection Checkpoints with an enhanced focus on crime prevention and detection will take place over the weekend.
Deputy Garda Commissioner of Policing and Security John Twomey said: “Since the start of the pandemic, Garda members throughout the country have been helping the vulnerable and those who feel isolated. This involved simple, but important tasks such as collecting their prescription, delivering their pension, or even socially distanced contact. If people need such assistance or know someone who does, please contact your local garda station. We are here to help.”