Community and Text Alert.

Community-based crime prevention, care and safety.

Gerry Costello

Community Text Alert.

The Community and Text Alert programme is a community-based crime prevention, care and safety programme for rural communities. It has a particular emphasis on older and more vulnerable people in rural communities. The programme was established in 1984 and is managed by Muintir na Tíre and the Garda Síochána. It is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health.

The programme aims to improve the quality of life in rural communities through:

  • Reducing opportunities for crimes to occur
  • Encouraging neighbourliness and self-reliance
  • Promoting accident prevention and personal safety
  • Community Alert Groups

The Community Alert programme operates through a network of Community Alert Groups, each of which is responsible for a particular area. A group may be set up in response to community demand or as a result of Garda contact. There are about 1250 such groups throughout the country.

Menlough/Skehana is part of this movement and are active as a group. Each group has an elected Community Alert Committee which manages the group and a Community Alert Area Coordinator who maintains contact with a Garda Liaison Officer. The local Garda station in Mountbellew has the contact details for our local Community Alert Group. 


This page was added on 07/03/2015.

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