The Garda Text Alert Scheme, which was launched in September 2013, was piloted initially in a number of locations and developed in cooperation with Muintir na Tíre, Neighbourhood Watch, the Irish Farmers Association and related stakeholders.
What is the role of Text Alert Scheme?
It provides a further mechanism for Gardaí to provide crime prevention information to community contacts who in turn forward the information to all members of a community groups.
This initiative has developed as an important crime prevention mechanism with over 600 local groups involving in excess of 120,000 subscribers and with an estimated 200,000 text messages sent each month under the scheme.
Every Garda Division, rural and urban, offers the text alert service and An Garda Síochána have published guidelines to assist in the establishment and operation of local groups.