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From 2nd December, 2019, 32 Probationer Gardaí will be assigned to the Cork city Garda Division to assist in policing during the busy Christmas period.

The Probationers will be station throughout the city until the 1st January 2020, inclusively. They have been temporarily assigned to:

  • Anglesesea Street
  • Mayfield
  • Watercourse Road
  • Togher
  • Douglas
  • Carrigaline
  • Gurranabraher
  • Ballincollig
  • Bridewell
  • Blackrock

From 2nd January, 2020, 8 of these probationers will then be permanently allocated to Anglesea Street and Mayfield Garda Stations.

Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said “I am delighted to welcome the 32 Probationer Gardaí who have been temporarily assigned to assist in our Christmas management plan this year. I am also delighted that 8 of these probationers will then be permanently allocated to Anglesea Street and Mayfield Garda Station. The 32 probationers will be deployed to assist our Gardaí in the city at keys times that have been identified by the Garda Analysis Services. Our aim is proving high viability policing to tackle thefts, drugs, public order incidents and to help the flow of traffic in the city.

The Probationer Gardaí will be in addition to the regular members that policing the city, as well as an additional one Sergeant and four Gardaí who will be patrolling the city centre. Members from our Roads Policing Unit will also be increasing checkpoints targeting drink and drug driving and other general road offences. The flow of traffic will increase in the city and I would ask that where possible, people avail of public transport and use the park and ride facility we have here in Cork. Have a plan in place if you are going out socialising and most importantly, have a safe and happy Christmas.”

Safety Tips during Christmas

  • Be careful when withdrawing money from cash machines and financial institutions
  • Mind your belongings when in crowed areas. Use a handbag or shoulder bag that can be held securely
  • Don’t leave bags or valuables exposed inside a parked car  
  • When visiting the city centre area, park your car in one of the controlled car parks and retain the parking ticket on your person
  • Always lock your car securely when leaving it unattended, even for brief period
  • Report any incident to Gardaí, immediately.  

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