Garda chief says ‘fear of crime’ is biggest challenge

first_imgLimerick Divisional Chief Superintendent Dave SheehanTHE fear and consternation caused by crime in rural communities is one of biggest challenges facing Gardaí, a divisional neighbourhood watch and community policing meeting has been told.Addressing representatives from communities all over County Limerick, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheehan said that “one of the biggest problems that we as an organisation have to face up to is the whole concept of fear of crime.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You can go to an area and one major burglary or something like that can cause absolute consternation in the community.“It could be your neighbour who is elderly, it could be your neighbour who is young, it doesn’t really matter.“But the reality of that is the stigma that is attached, not only to the person but to the community that’s involved, is very hard to shake off.“What happens after that is that when the media get hold of some of these things and all of a sudden we are firefighting to try to say that maybe things are not as bad. I’m not being critical of the media but we are not good at getting out the factual information to let you know what is actually happening on the ground”, he said.The meeting in the Woodlands House Hotel was to “encourage constructive community participation in policing, to promote responsible community engagement or involvement and, to assist in the promotion of good crime prevention.”The Chief Superintendent warned that the “perception that comes from the ground” can often be misleading as to the actual crime statistics for an area.“We have made in-roads in dealing with crime and although the closure of rural Garda stations accentuated the fears of crime, we have made ground against criminals in a number of avenues”.Outlining the 2,766 sq km area that the Limerick Garda Division covers, Chief Supt Sheehan said that “we could do with a few more Gardaí when you see that the national average of people to Gardaí is 157 to 1 member. In Limerick however it is 366 members of the public to every one Garda within the division.”Chief Supt Sheehan revealed that there has been a slight increase in the numbers of crimes reported from 2014 to 2015.The amount of property seized has also increased.However, crimes against the person saw a 30 per cent increase while weapons offences dropped by 24 per cent.There was a 50 per cent reduction in aggravated burglaries from 2014 to 2015, following what Chief Supt Sheahan described as the “excellent garda work in bringing to justice those perpetrators of the attacks in Pallasgreen and surrounding areas”. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Previous articleReginald D Hunter: stand-up, sex appeal and soulNext articleTV – Something for the weekend Sport on TV Staff Reporter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Twittercenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsGarda chief says ‘fear of crime’ is biggest challengeBy Staff Reporter – May 26, 2016 1064 Advertisement TAGSAn Garda SíochánaCrimeDave SheehanGardalimerick Linkedinlast_img read more

Pitching change goes awry for UW

first_imgDespite only giving up one run, Wisconsin pitcher Amanda Najdek was pulled in favor of Meghan McIntosh with one out to go and the game tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning yesterday against Notre Dame.It was a controversial call by UW head coach Yvette Healy, as the Irish scored eight runs to win 9-1 after the switch.Nevertheless, Healy says it’s a decision she does not regret.“They were hitting [Najdek] a little bit,” Healy said. “Meghan [McIntosh] was going to give them a little different look. It was working until we got the error, then it fell apart a little bit. It was a pretty good strategy.”As Healy stated, the switch to McIntosh initially proved to be savvy as she got Wisconsin out of a tight jam with runners in scoring position. However, it wouldn’t get any easier for McIntosh and the Badgers. McIntosh allowed eight runners to score in the next two innings.“[McIntosh] has to be able to challenge people more,” Healy said. “She’s throwing around a lot of people and not trusting herself as much. She’s a very talented pitcher, we just have to get her to believe in it, buy into it and challenge hitters.”Consistency has been a problem for McIntosh all season long. In her past three starts, McIntosh has given up a total of 15 runs, which is something even she knows has to improve.“I’m holding onto the ball a little bit too much,” McIntosh said. “I guess it comes down to command. I’m trying to get ahead and hit my spots after that, but when I get behind I really have to leave my pitches over the plate a little bit.”Errors prove costlyIt wasn’t just McIntosh who struggled Tuesday, as the entire defense played a role in the loss. This was none more evident than during the Badgers’ five run fifth inning collapse.Tied at 1-1 with two outs left in the top of the fifth inning, Notre Dame infielder Heather Johnson hit a routine pop fly to shallow right field. As Badger second baseman Whitney Massey ran over to catch the ball, she collided with outfielder Ashley Hanewich. The error let in the leading run and kept the inning alive for the Fighting Irish.“We obviously just misplayed a couple balls,” Healy said. “Those are critical plays. Usually after our errors teams are able to score, and that has been true all year for us. It really hurt after that last out, where the game then kind of blew up.”While there was a slight breeze blowing at Goodman Stadium, it was no excuse, according to Hanewich, who was involved in two of the errors.“The balls were tipped off our gloves, just barely missed,” Hanewich said. “It could have been a mixture of the wind and the sun, but I’m not using that as an excuse. I should have made those plays.”Fielding errors weren’t the only mental mistakes the Badgers made against the Fighting Irish. Although it was able to successfully steal three players, including Jennifer Krueger’s 27th of the season, Wisconsin was caught stealing twice early on.“One of them was a missed sign,” Hanewich said. “We definitely need to fix that as base runners.”The communication between the base runners and the coaches will certainly be a point of emphasis in upcoming practices, but the coaches will by no means be shying away from making the same calls going forward.“Obviously when you get thrown out it hurts,” Healy said. “But, that’s the way we scored our first run, so you have to stay aggressive against teams who are RPI ranked.”The story of the game came down to mental lapses, which made the eight-point defeat a bit misleading. This is something Healy knows the team has to improve upon if it is to reach its full potential.“[The errors] hurt,” Healy said. “We have to work hard in practice tomorrow to figure out how to eliminate those.”After a tough loss, there are many ways a team can handle the situation. For the Badgers, it’s pretty simple.“We just have to get better from here,” McIntosh said. “That’s about it.”last_img read more