Neighbourhood Watch re-launch to enhance town

THE re-launch of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme will allow for an enhanced police service in the Dungarvan area, gardaí have said.

A meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 20, at the sports centre in Childers Estate to focus on the establishment of the scheme in Dungarvan and Abbeyside.

Local Inspector Paul Heffernan said: “The re-launch of Neighbourhood Watch will allow the gardaí to engage with all the communities in the Dungarvan and Abbeyside areas and will allow our organisation to enhance our policing service to the people of the town.”

He said that community policing and Neighbourhood Watch have been hugely successful in other areas, “and I have no doubt with the co-operation of all our local residents, it will prove to be a similar success in our town”.

Sergeant Andrew Geary said the gardaí has a long and established tradition of fostering relations within each community.

“Building and sustaining positive partnerships with all the stakeholders is the lifeblood of effective policing. Community policing is a two-way street — all parties need to engage with each other in a positive and meaningful way.”

Sergeant Sean O’Dwyer said: “The re-launch of Neighbourhood Watch within the Dungarvan and Abbeyside areas is part of a policy of renewal, re-organisation and restructuring across the whole spectrum of community policing.

“The advent of new technologies, the change in the urban environment and the need for a revival of a greater community spirit brings about this event.”

All residents are invited to get involved in any aspect of the scheme and the gardaí want to engage with all stakeholders, residents associations, community groups, business groups, schools, facilities, hospitals and care centres.

The scheme will lead to regular meetings between the community and local garda management, a sharing of information through briefings and seminars and a greater exchange of ideas.

Community Garda, Claire Courtney who is stationed in Dungarvan said: “I am very excited about this event and I hope that this will see the beginning of an undertaking which will have a positive impact upon all of its members and residents.”

For more contact the station on 058-48600.

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