Thurles Garda Station hosted a very successful open day on Saturday September 26th 2015; with over 1,200 people passing through the doors of the garda station and everyone was extremely interested in how best to utilise the services of An Garda Síochána.
The open day assisted gardaí in forming new relationships with members of the community and strengthening ones already formed. The event was family orientated with face painting and colouring competitions for the younger people and advice for the teenagers on possible careers in the emergency services. The gardaí were delighted to see the 12 Syrian families, who have recently arrived in Thurles, at the event. Local people of all ages were in attendance.
The event was very well received with crime prevention tips, drug awareness and road safety advice. Gardaí showed the public how we take fingerprints and where we interview people in our custody. We also showed the public the holding cells and where the breathalysing of individuals that may have been driving under the influence of alcohol takes place.
Gardaí gave advice on our ‘Text Alert’ system and our ‘Know your Patch’ programme where every street/estate in Thurles has a garda assigned to their area. The Regional Support Unit, the Public Order Unit and the Dog Unit were in attendance. The Fire service demonstrated how they cut and dismantle a vehicle if they had to get a person out who has been involved in a traffic collision.
Irish TV channel Sky 191 televised the event which can be viewed worldwide and replayed on the real player. Tipp FM also broadcast from the station. There was a great atmosphere and a positive feeling that the community and gardaí can and will work together to combat crime.
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