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COVID-19: Gardaí report high compliance by public 22.04.20

IN supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines , An Garda Síochána has adopted a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Gardaí engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.
An Garda Síochána continues to experience a high level of compliance with the public health guidelines at the checkpoints and high visibility patrols it is conducting at tourist locations, natural beauty spots, parks and beaches.
During this time, Gardaí have interacted with hundreds of thousands of people. The vast majority were adhering to the public health guidelines.
Gardaí report a high level of compliance with the public health guidelines .
In a small number of cases, despite receiving a number of warnings, some individuals did not adhere to the guidelines and the regulations were enforced. From the 8th of April, which was when the regulations came into effect, until 18th of April 2020 inclusive, Gardaí have invoked the regulations 34 times.
As per Garda policy in relation to the regulations, in all cases where arrests were made under the regulations, Gardaí consulted with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the decision to charge. Some of these incidents are already before the courts.
In addition, there were 405 COVID-19 related incidents that started as potential breaches of the regulations, but during the incidents other offences were disclosed. As such, long-standing legislation for offences such as public order, assault, road traffic, and drugs was used instead. This included incidents involving house/street parties, gatherings beyond the family unit, and non-essential travel.
Commissioner Drew Harris said, "An Garda Síochána’s role is to keep people safe through community engagement, particularly with the vulnerable, and our tradition of policing by consent."
"In that spirit, Gardaí are engaging with a large amount of people every day and in the vast majority of cases they are complying with the public health guidelines. It is vital this continues because it will help save lives. I want to thank the public for this and also the great support they are giving to our members every day."
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