Ten Community Engagement Vans are being deployed regionally by An Garda Síochána to support the work of Gardaí nationwide.
These new additions to the garda fleet are to enhance the high visibility presence of Gardaí in their locality and will operate as mobile Garda Stations where a range of services can be provided to the public.
The bespoke vehicles are equipped with audio visual equipment which will allow Gardaí to communicate to those attending public gatherings and outdoor events as well as display important public guidance and safety advice.
Each van can also transport two Garda mountain bikes.
The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee T.D said, “Government investment in An Garda Síochána is now at its highest ever level. I am delighted to see the roll out of 10 bespoke community engagement vehicles which will operate as mobile Garda clinics on a regional basis.
“They will greatly enhance Garda visibility wherever they are deployed but will also enhance community engagement and outreach with the audiovisual equipment and the ability to sit in and have a chat with local Gardaí. These are a valuable investment and I look forward to seeing them in action across the country.”
Assistant Commissioner, Eastern Region, Paul Cleary said, “Community engagement is at the centre of policing in Ireland, and these vans will further strengthen our ability to remain visible and accessible to those we serve. As the vans arrive in their regions they will be used by Gardaí to extend our proactive, positive, community based approach to help people feel safe and well supported by An Garda Síochána.”
The Community Engagement Vans will be used for a variety of purposes but all will extend Garda visibility. Gardai hope that people will spot the vans in their area and know that they can approach the mobile units and speak with gardaí whether for a chat about a matter that we can assist with or to raise any issue.