An Garda Síochána has increased the number of vehicles in its fleet in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
A Garda spokesperson said up to 210 cars and vans will be hired to “provide additional mobility to our members nationwide to provide increased community support and community engagement across the country”.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said that the vehicles were being drafted in so that the most vulnerable people in communities across the nation can be cared for.
Twomey said: “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated. An Garda Síochána has always worked closely with our communities and we continue to do so in these extraordinary times”.
An Garda Síochána is urging families, neighbours and community groups to engage with people in line with ‘social distancing’ guidelines.
A Garda spokesperson added “as an organisation, Gardaí across the country are being asked to actively identify those persons most at need, particularly those with limited local family or social support. In these cases An Garda Síochána will assist.
“These ‘contingency’ vehicles will be used to maintain personal interactions and where needed to assist and support people, which may include collecting medical prescriptions, attending hospital appointments and other supports they may need. They are not ‘primary response vehicles’.
“An Garda Síochána will also use these opportunities to link identified people into local, national and state services where appropriate.”
Any person with concerns for themselves or for a neighbour should contact their local Garda station.