Boost for Garda Roads Policing in Clare

Boost for Garda Roads Policing in Clare

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Five new members for Garda Roads Policing Unit in Clare – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

An Garda Síochána’s Road Policing Unit in Clare has received a welcome boost with the addition of five new members.

In all, 87 new members have completed their induction training and have been appointed to Roads Policing units throughout the country.

Nationally, an additional 63 appointments will be made in October 2018 brining the total to 150 for 2018. There will be further appointments in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Co Clare is set to get five new members including four of Garda rank and a sergeant. It’s hope further appointments will be made following future induction courses.

As part of the Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021, the Garda Traffic Corps has undergone an internal examination and evaluation of their roles and functions with a view to improving their service to the community and their contribution to Road Safety. As part of this work the Traffic Corps will in future be known as Roads Policing.

Members currently attached to Traffic Corps will be automatically induced into Roads Policing.

Clare based members of the Garda Roads Policing at yesterdays announcement – Photo: AGS

A key element of the work of the new Roads Policing Unit will be to deny criminals the use of the roads network.

In addition to focusing on the lifesaver offences of speeding, seatbelts, mobile phones and driving under the influence, there will be a significant focus on crime prevention and crime detection.

Roads Policing will now work closely with crime units to target known criminals and to disrupt their activities through strict enforcement of road traffic legislation.

Roads Policing will work closely with crime units to target known criminals – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The units have recently been prioritised with new vehicles such as 4X4 Jeeps for use on motorways and which were invaluable during the recent severe weather.

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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