A new pilot programme that will see Crime Prevention Ambassadors selected in Co Longford was launched at the county library on Monday.
The move which is part of the Age Friendly Strategy is aimed at increasing awareness in the community and helping older people to live with more security and peace of mind.
The event, which was launched by Leas Cathaoirleach PJ Reilly, heard that people from all over the county involved in active age groups, community groups, the community gardaí and individual interests worked together since last December to create the new programme which vice chair of Longford’s Age Friendly Alliance and director of Services, Longford Co Council, Barbara Heslin said, was “one of the most positive initiatives to come out of the Age Friendly Alliance”.
“This shows how communities can work together with An Garda Síochana in a positive way,” she added.
“From the very outset, we have found that the local gardaí have been extremely supportive of everything that we have put in and developed as part of the Age Friendly Strategy and that goes to the heart of what this is all about.”
New Longford Superintendent Jim Delaney also added his support to the initiative.
Now living in the county, the Superintendent said he now had a vested interest in the initiative and “in everything positive that goes on around the county”.
He went on to say that it was important to support and participate in as many positive initiatives as was possible now being developed by government and non-government agencies operating in Longford County.
“Today is a wonderful day for this county; yesterday was another wonderful day when the ladies won the All-Ireland,” he smiled.
“It is very heartening for me to hear the positivity that is spoken about in this county when it comes to An Garda Síochána and the community policing unit.”
Sergeant Lionel Mullally, meanwhile told the meeting how this initiative will work.
“A lot of what we will be doing with the Crime Prevention Ambassador programme is already being done,” he added.
“This is about drawing on the energy of all the different groups involved and it will work because of its simplicity.