Tipperary Garda Seminar
The Tipperary Garda seminar which took place in St Patricks College on Thursday 4th February was received with a very positive response. There were speakers on the night from the drugs Response team and a demonstration from the Garda Dog Handling unit.Also on the night there was a report from Muinter na Tire, Good Morning Ireland and community Alert. The Drugs unit reported that €1.5million was recovered in drugs last year in Tipperary with 218k worth of Cocaine, €176kcanabis and almost €900k cannabis cultivation. The remainder was made up of prescription drugs and others.Reported Burglaries are down from 784 to 510 and overall overall crimes down from 2280 to 1860. The Cahir area saw a drop in crime for 35% to 21% with a national average of 27%. While these are frightening statistics the Gardaí were quite adamant that they need the help of the community to be able to reduce these figures further. The launch of the “Know Your Patch” initiative and community Garda which is been rolled out has proven effective even though it's in its infancy. Last year the Cahir Community Services Card was launched in Cahir with the help of the Gardaí and Acting Superintendent, Inspector Eddie Golden who was driving the Know your Patch Campaign has been giving the job of heading up the Garda Youth Awards for 2016.The Cahir Garda office put forward Seamus Conway for a Community Award on the night which was presented to him by the Garda Commissioner and Chief Superintendent. Seamus received the award for his involvement in the community as a Tidy Towns Rep and Irish Heart Walking Leader. Cllr Andy Moloney was on hand on the night to welcome the award and says that Seamus was a big support to him in his area as a councillor and that having a man like Seamus on the ground in Tidy Towns and Operation Transformation and getting involved in youth projects was recognised now by the local police force was a testament to the man's involvement in the community. Seamus will cherish this award to add to the Local Hero award in 2014.The chief Fire Officer was also present to launch the smoke alarm initiative and Cllr Moloney is working with the Cahir Day Care centre to ensure that all vulnerable persons will have a smoke alarm installed. If there are any elderly that want to be considered for one they can contact Andy on 086-3609110. In 2015 there were 41 deaths by fire and 2 were in Tipperary. This is another statistic that needs to be reduced.