The Community Alert programme is a community-based crime prevention, care and safety scheme for rural communities. It places a particular emphasis on older and more vulnerable people.
The programme aims to improve the quality of life in rural communities through:
- Reducing opportunities for crimes to occur
- Encouraging neighbourliness and self-reliance
- Promoting accident prevention and personal safety
This document provides a basic overview of the Community Alert programme, including information on community alert groups, the text alert scheme and links to resources that can provide you with additional information and support.
Community alert groups
The Community Alert programme operates through a network of community alert groups, each of which is responsible for a particular area. A group may be set up in response to community demand or as a result of Garda contact. There are about 1,400 such groups throughout the country.
Each group has an elected Community Alert Committee which manages the group and a Community Alert Area Coordinator who maintains contact with a Garda Liaison Officer. Resource materials are provided by the Garda Síochána.
Text Alert is an initiative to facilitate immediate communication from the Garda Síochána to the public. The Garda Síochána provide information by text or e-mail to each registered community contact and they, in turn forward the information by text or e-mail to all members of their Community Group.
If you live in a Community Alert area, your local Garda station has the contact details for your local Community Alert Group. If you are interested in setting up a Group in your area, contact your local Gardaí or a Muintir na Tíre Community Alert Development Officer.