From left, Senior Con Michael Hogan with Ireland Honda sales manager Anthony Goulding and salesman Mark Strong and Supt Bruce Lyons with the new community policing vehicle donated by Ireland Honda.
From left, Senior Con Michael Hogan with Ireland Honda sales manager Anthony Goulding and salesman Mark Strong and Supt Bruce Lyons with the new community policing vehicle donated by Ireland Honda. Dominic Feain

Small blue car for thin blue line

LISMORE’S thin blue line received a much-needed boost last week with the donation of a new community policing vehicle from Ireland Honda.

It is the fifth car the local dealership has provided to the Richmond Local Area Command during the past six years.

Crime prevention manager Senior Constable Michael Hogan said police were extremely grateful and the car would be used by police for non-first response purposes.

“We will use the vehicle to get out into the community providing victim support and conducting crime reduction strategies like commercial and residential security assessments,” he said.

Proprietor Neil Ireland said the family business recognised the difficulties facing police today and that they were more than happy to help out – and to be able to continue their ongoing relationship.

“Our family’s been in the area a long time and we have kids here so we understand some of the resourcing problems of police,” he said.

“They won’t give me ’cuffs and a baton so this is the least we can do,” he quipped.

Superintendent Bruce Lyons, called into Ireland Honda this week to say thanks and take the Civic for a spin.

“We appreciate the support from Ireland Honda,” he said.



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