An informative public meeting to promote the setting up the community alert scheme in North Leitrim communities, which is operated by Muintir na Tíre in cooperation with An Garda Siochána, was held in the Bee Park Community Centre last Thursday night.
The aim of the community alert is to provide essential information to communities and to An Garda Siochána that will help to prevent people from becoming victims of crime in local areas.
The meeting was attended and addressed by Superintendent John Furlong (Carrick-on-Shannon), Garda Joe McGivern (Ballinamore) and Sergeant Jim Fox Crime Prevention Officer Sligo while Garda Padhraic Corrigan and Garda Denise McDonnell represented Manorhamilton Gardaí.
Vanessa Clarke Muintir na Tíre Northern Region Community Alert Officer (for Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim and Louth) spoke at the meeting on many aspects of the operation of the scheme for participating communities.
For the community alert scheme participating communities can contact Vanessa by email – firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com or – phone 086-6000757. The North Leitrim communities represented at the meeting included Glencar, Dromahair, Drumkeerin, Killargue, Killenummery, Manorhamilton, Rossinver and Lurganboy/Mullies.
The only community alert scheme currently operating in North Leitrim is in the Dromahair, Killargue and Killenummery area. Garda Joe McGivern, outlined how the community alert system operated in the Ballinamore area and in the adjacent parishes.
The community alert scheme was originally launched on September 24, 2013 by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.