80 incidents of spitting and/or coughing at Gardaí confirmed since introduction of Covid-19 guidelines 1 month ago

80 incidents of spitting and/or coughing at Gardaí confirmed since introduction of Covid-19 guidelines

Gardaí have invoked Covid-19 emergency regulations 263 times out of over a million interactions with the public.

An Garda Síochána has released a number of figures regarding the Covid-19 regulations that have been implemented since the beginning of the pandemic.

In supporting the Covid-19 public health guidelines, An Garda Síochána said that it has adopted a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent.

This has seen members of An Garda Síochána "engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce".

During this time, Gardaí have interacted with tens of thousands of people while on patrol or at checkpoints. The vast majority were adhering to the public health guidelines.

However, 80 incidents of spitting and/or coughing against members of An Garda Síochána have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic.

Pre-existing enforcement powers have been used in 1,752 incidents, while Gardaí have invoked Covid-19 emergency regulations 263 times out of over a million interactions with the public.

To date, in 66 of these incidents, a charge or summons has issued. Most incidents involve a single individual but some have resulted in charges against multiple people. The remainder are under criminal investigation.

Gardaí said that the number of incidents involving other suspected crimes continues to far exceed the number of cases involving only breaches of Government restrictions.

Commissioner Drew Harris said: "There continues to be very good co-operation by the public with An Garda Síochána in our role of keeping people safe. It is vital that we all keep on playing our part in reducing the spreading of Covid-19 by adhering to the updated public health guidelines."