Thursday, February 08, 2018
On February 6 and 7, Waterford Gardaí instigated Opeation Storm, which constituted a high visibility targeted tactical deployment of resources in the Waterford District designed to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, arrest criminals wanted for crime, warrants and enhance public relations.
Searches, arrests and warrant executions were carried out throughout the City. Checkpoints were conducted on all the approach roads to Waterford City and within City on those two days.
Crime – Arrests & Searches
This crime operation commenced on Tuesday amd featured arrests and detentions against all active burglary and theft criminals in the Waterford District.
Currently a total of 31 persons have been arrested;
18 persons arrested for crime
13 persons on arrested on warrant.
8 of these persons were detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, at Waterford Garda Station.
The offences for which persons have been arrested include thefts, assaults, criminal damage, robbery, burglaries and S15 MDA.
Sixteen (16) of these have been charged and will appear at local sittings of Waterford District Court in the coming weeks.
A total of seven (7) searches were conducted on premises.
A total of fourteen (14) warrants have been executed, with 13 persons arrested.
Checkpoints 

The Checkpoint and Patrols were deployed to prevent further crime through high visibility targeted policing of key locations with the clear object of intercepting criminals as the move about the Waterford District.

Crime Prevention leaflets were handed out to members of the public to increase the awareness of protection of personal property and possessions.
 A total of 24 checkpoints have been conducted to date.
Three (3) vehicle was seized under section 41 RTA.
 Crime Prevention/Education and Awareness
The distribution of crime prevention leaflets and information is a key feature of education and awareness strategy.
Superintendent Christopher Delaney and Sgt Brendan Roche went on local radio to give briefings and give crime prevention advice.
A number of Schools were also visited.
Gardai had prevention advice stands were set up at University Hospital Waterford, Tesco, Poleberry, Lisduggan Shopping Centre, W.I.T Campus and City Square Shopping Centre.
In summary the following figures refer:
Total Arrests 31
Total Charges 19

Warrants Arrest 13
Warrants Executed 14

Section 41 Road Traffic Act Seizure 3
Searches 9
Defendants served with Summons 62
Drugs Seizures 
Simple possession S3 – 6
Sale & Supply S15 – 1

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