Campaigning that All Gardaí/Police Officers will receive specific training in Suicide Awareness & how to Apprehend Suicidal Drivers. It's to Help the Garda/Police Officer & the Suicidal Soul #LifeIsPrecious
December 2nd 2013 – Baba Oisin’s inquest closes in Torquay – Coroner Ian Arrow requests ACPO “to review please how Police Officers approach Suicidal Persons” Little Man’s Inquest
January 1st 2014 – News of change in Police Pursuit Policy at Devon & Cornwall Police
January 3rd 2014 – I began looking into training in Ireland and saw that not all our Gardai were trained in suicide awareness
January 2014 – Began campaigning that all our Gardai in Ireland and Police Officers be trained in suicide awareness and indeed in how to apprehend a suicidal driver. I approached a number of politicians, the Road Safety Authority & suicide support groups to request their support
February 2014 – Meeting with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar kindly arranged by Michael Creed TD
March 2014 – Spoke at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis regarding my story and how I feel that all our Gardai need to be trained in suicide awareness and in how to apprehend a suicidal driver. This opportunity was arranged for me by Suicide Aware in Cork, Niall Collins TD and Michael Moynihan TD
April 2014 – Approached Acting Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan regarding my thoughts on need for Garda Training
May 14th 2014 – Meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications to discuss the need for Garda Training – My correspondence was considered by the Committee at its meeting where it was agreed to write to An Garda Siochana expressing its strong support for my request.
May 15th 2014 – Meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Justice and Defence to discuss the need for Garda Training – All members fully supported my call for all members of An Garda Siochana to receive training on how to deal with suicidal drivers or those suspected to have suicidal ideation.
May 2014 – Lodged submission for the New National Framework for Suicide Prevention
May 23rd 2014– Con’s Inquest
June 3rd – Meeting with Assistant Commissioner Traffic John Twomey re campaign, kindly arranged by Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
July 23rd – Meeting with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald kindly arranged by Aine Collins TD and Dan Neville TD – Great to hear the Minister’s words “I am supporting your visit to Templemore as the Minister for Justice and I am supporting your call for training in Mental Health issues. I will be in touch with the Gardaí about it”.
August 28th 2014 – First Visit to Templemore Garda Training College. Had a meeting with Superintendent Pat McCabe, Inspector Margaret Howard and the Garda training Team kindly arranged by Assistant Commissioner Traffic John Twomey
February 2015 – New Trainee Gardai undertake ASIST Training
January 2016 – Meeting with Inspector Craig Clifton ACPO at Dublin Castle thanks to Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, General Secretary Ruth Purdie, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport – ACPO National Lead for Roads Policing & David Jones – National Roads Policing