Gardai across the new garda division of Longford/Roscommon/Mayo are putting the emphasis on the 4Es - engaging, educating, encouraging and enforcing in ensuring that Covid regulations are adhered to. That’s according to the newly appointed Garda Chief Superintendent Raymond McMahon.
Chief Superintendent McMahon took up the new position from Chief Supt Tony Healy who retired at the start of this month.
Earlier this week the Mayor of Galway, Colette Connolly accused the gardai of turning a “blind eye” to anti social behavior in the city during the pandemic.
Chief Supt McMahon says he can speak for what the gardai in Longford/Roscommon and Mayo are doing and he says generally the public are very co-operative with the 4Es approach, where enforcement is used only as a last resort.
The new garda divisions have resulted in significantly larger geographical areas for policing. Mayo had been a single division, but now its part of the larger 3 county division.
Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley congratulated Chief Supt McMahon on his new position and the new garda division.