Following a recent meeting with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the commitment given by the Garda Commissioner to provide an additional 61,000 policing hours by stepping up the use of mobile units and patrols.
At the meeting, John Bryan highlighted the fact that the safety of farm families and rural communities continues to be raised as a major issue by IFA members throughout the country. “There is particular concern for older people living in isolated areas who have been subject to repeated attacks and robberies by roaming gangs. It is vitally important that the increase in the policing activity delivers a greater sense of security in households. The success of this initiative will be measured by falling rural crime.”
The IFA President presented the Association’s proposal for a national texting initiative which would allow IFA members and the general public to register suspicious activities, which may assist in crime prevention. An Garda Siochana agreed to work with IFA and other community groups to deliver more co-ordinated and efficient crime prevention strategies through the use of texting and other communication tools.
John Bryan said, “The IFA network of almost 90,000 members is in a unique position to work with the Gardai and community groups such as Muintir na Tire and deliver a united approach to tackling the scourge of rural crime which is hitting so many parishes in Ireland”.