Letterkenny Mayor, Gerry McMonagle told those who had gathered at the Joint Policing Committee on Wednesday night last that gardaí on bikes was one of the best ways to patrol an area. He said that in recent weeks he was alarmed at the lack of bikes on the road as it was a very effective method of policing. He urged the inspector to get gardaí “back on their bikes and of cars” as felt that the community were better able to communicate and confide with gardaí when they could approach them.
“People have a relationship built up with them and there has been less anti-social behaviour as a result of having gardaí policing the community on their bikes,” he said.
Inspector Kevin Gately told the Mayor that they had no intention of taking gardaí off their bikes. He said: “There is no plan to take gardaí off their bikes. Gardaí have been trained up in the use of mountain bikes. They are quicker getting around the town and it is a good form of high visibility policing. A certain number of people at different times were trained in the use of them.”
He said that when the next nationwide training initiative was brought in that they would be training as many gardaí as they could in the use of the bikes.