Don’t forget positives in gardaí

Letter from today’s – Letters to Editor 20th Sept 2017 – Irish Independent.

I was at an incident in my sister’s house last weekend when she had to take the very drastic action and call the guards as her son has a drug habit.

As a result of this he had become paranoid and aggressive to the point where we were becoming afraid of him.

The guards arrived within 15 minutes and from the beginning they were polite, sympathetic and carried out their duties with the utmost professionalism.

They explained how they could help and what she needed to do to avoid this situation in the future.

I myself, fortunately, have very little experience with the guards and as a result I am likely to tar them all with the same brush as I look at the news, read the papers and listen to the radio.

At a time when the public has little or no confidence in this public service, I felt the need to write this letter because sometimes we all need to be reminded that nearly always we hear the negative about things and very little positive.

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One Response to Don’t forget positives in gardaí

  1. timothy September 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Unfortunately it is a cop-out for many people not facing up to their own responsibilities to shift blame elsewhere and the Guards can often be a suitable depository for this. It can come down to how a matter was dealt with, if it didn’t suit, to scapegoat others. This person was appreciative which sadly isn’t always the case. The guards generally do a good job in often difficult circumstances and the thanks is sparse by some. Generally the force has a high standing in opinion polls for public acceptance even when dragged into politically motivated street protests to maintain order.

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