Garda in Bray and Greystones increase presence over Christmas period

This week saw the launch of ‘Operation Táirge, Operation ShopSafe & Christmas Enforcement Campaign Christmas and New Year 2023/24’ in the Bray District. The Campaign will run until the 7th January 2024.

The primary operational aim of this policing plan will be dedicated high visibility hot spot beat patrols over the main trading periods within Bray & Greystone’s Town Centre and Shopping Areas and increased enforcement in terms of inspections of licensed premises.

The overall objective of the Operation is to prevent and detect criminal offences especially those affecting commercial and retail premises. Provide a high visibility reassuring Garda presence to the public and business alike. Liaise with local businesses and promote crime prevention and awareness and Liquor Licensing Inspections and enforcement.

At the launch, Superintendent Bray District, Pat Connell said ‘it can be envisaged that there may be an increased level of demand in the retail environment given a condensed period of time for the traditional Christmas shopping period. The aim of these operations is to provide high visibility foot beats and patrols, to liaise and promote crime prevention and awareness with local businesses and to ensure all businesses and their staff feel protected from this criminality’.

Also at the launch was new Bray Chamber President, Kieran Ward. Kieran welcomed the policing plan, ‘It’s great that Bray Chamber and its members are actively involved in supporting An Garda Sióchana efforts in the run-up to Christmas and beyond. Community collaboration is essential for promoting safety and well-being in our town”.

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