A zero-tolerance approach will be taken to anti-social behaviour in Tralee.
That’s the message from Gardaí and Tralee Chamber Alliance, who’ve joined forces to make the Cluster Gardaí programme a permanent system in the town.
It will see more uniformed patrols by Gardaí and a privately-owned CCTV database will be developed to support the existing public system in the town.
The Cluster Gardaí programme was first launched in Tralee in mid-2019 and saw dedicated community Gardai assigned to support the business community in ‘clusters’ throughout the town.
Cluster Gardaí will be assigned to seven zones in the town centre and Manor West; they will visit businesses, carry out targeted patrols and will also work directly with the business community on a number of initiatives including online training sessions on crime prevention measures and tailored supports for businesses in Tralee.
As part of the measures, expanded uniformed patrols will take place in the town centre between 12pm-6pm and 8pm-3am daily.
Chief Executive of Tralee Chamber, Ken Tobin says Gardaí and the Chamber will be operating a zero-tolerance approach relating to anti-social behaviour in the town including in the town park and on walkways, and they will also work with Kerry County Council to enforce the by-laws in relation to alcohol and drug related issues.
Several new and existing campaigns will also be rolled out to improve the quality of the night-time experience for Tralee, including an expansion of See-Something, Say-Something throughout the bars.
Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe says ‘Operation Safe Home’ will be introduced and will be operated with the Tralee vintners to help customers who walk home at night to be more visible; this will be part of a wider campaign to make sure people have a safer summer when they are out in Tralee, according to Sergeant O’Keeffe.
The public can contact the See Something Say Something text alert system by texting the word Tralee followed by the incident details to 50555.