On Friday 31st January 2020, An Garda Síochána, IFA and a number of other partners are inviting local community members to an informal, hour long ‘meet and greet’ at over 300 venues across Ireland. It is an opportunity for over 800 communities to get to know their local Gardaí and community representatives.
Richard Kennedy, who is the IFA Crime and Security spokesperson has commented that:
“The National Community Engagement Day is a great example of the cooperation between the public and An Garda Síochána. It is crucial that we all work together to serve the best interests of people at risk in rural communities and the National Community Engagement Day is a perfect example of this. IFA is thrilled to be working with An Garda Síochána on this great initiative and are urging all communities to come out on the 31st of January to make it a memorable day.”
Assistant Commissioner Orla McPartlin, Garda Community Relations Bureau said:
“An Garda Síochána is delighted to partner with our key stakeholders in the National Rural Safety Forum in organising a National Community Engagement Day. This event will provide an opportunity for communities across Ireland to meet and become familiar with their local Gardaí and other Community Organisation representatives. An Garda Síochána will take this opportunity to listen to the policing needs of our communities so that we can continue to deliver on our mission – Keeping People Safe.”