An Garda Síochána today launched a new 14 seater Community Policing Mini Bus that will service the community in the Bandon District.
Last year, at a community stakeholder meeting, there was a discussion on the need for a Garda community bus. Following this meeting, local businesses raised money for a new mini-bus that would service the local community in Bandon. Half of the money was raised through one donation, with the other half being paid for by An Garda Síochána.
Speaking at Bandon Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan said, ‘I am delighted that An Garda Síochána is able to now provide this service to the local community in Bandon. Hopefully everyone will benefit and make use of this facility. Schools, elderly groups, soccer and GAA clubs are just some of the groups that will benefit. The bus allows the community groups to engage directly with members of An Garda Síochána on a one to one basis. I would like to commend the Carbery Group for its community spirit in financially supporting this bus.”
Speaking at the launch of the bus, local resident Mr. Pat Fitzgerald said “This is a welcomed service to us in the community. It is great to see our local Gardaí will be able to engage with us in such a positive way. Garda Community engagement is just as important as the enforcement side.”
The addition of these buses will allow Gardaí to engage directly with local community groups. This free services would see a Garda driver bringing groups to outings and functions. Any group in the Bandon areas wishing to utilise the bus can contact Bandon Garda Station on 023-8852200.