Over the past few years An Garda Síochána has been taking a more proactive approach to this event. Community Policing Gardaí have liaised with the colleges, student unions, residents, community groups, publicans, landlords and Cork City Council.
Leaflet drops have been carried out in the local communities containing the relevant details and contact numbers if they require assistance. All licensed premises in the area have been visited and encouraged to take an active role in keep events secure and not to allow alcohol off the premises. Gardaí will be actively visiting pubs during the week. Extra patrols from the Garda Community Poling Unit, District Drug Unit and Divisional Roads Policing Units will be out during the course of the week.
Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station, Sgt Stewart Philpott said ‘Our resident representatives have commented that the last two years have been the best to date and we want to improve on that. At last year’s event, 170 fines were issued for drinking on the street and this year we will be taking the same approach. That’s a fine of €75 and if not paid, a court appearance will follow. We also had a number of arrests for public order, assault, drink driving and possession of drugs.’
‘I would ask that students be mindful when out socialising. If you find yourself in a situation and feel it is getting out of hand, walk away and call the Gardaí. Assaults can affect many lives, not just the victim. If you were to hit someone, or get caught with drugs, a conviction could ruin your career before it has even started or prevent you from travelling abroad on a J1 visa. Plan your night out, look after one another, keep your belongings on you, respect the local residents and enjoy Raise and Give week.’