All three 5th Classes had the privilege of visiting Wexford Garda Station with Ms Byrne, Ms Butler, Ms Barron and Ms Murphy. It was a lovely walk on a beautiful spring day.
First we got to visit the control room where we saw all the feed from the cameras that are around Wexford town. We didn't realise there are cameras all over the town so you can be easily seen if you are doing something you shouldn't be doing. We got to ask some of the guards in the control room questions about their daily tasks and we witnessed them answering real calls and using the radios to talk to patrol cars.
Next we went outside to see the Garda cars and vans. They showed us the undercover cars and the drugs unit cars. We got to get into one of the larger Garda vans and press the siren. Some of us got locked into the temporary cells in the back of the van. It was interesting and fun to see inside.
After that, we visited the canteen where the staff eat their lunch. We were very jealous of their lovely balcony. They definitely dine in style.
Finally, we went back inside and down to the back of the building where the holding cells are. That area is called The Detention Unit. There are interview rooms down there as well. We had fun getting locked into the cells for a few minutes but we definitely will be staying out of trouble to avoid ever being put in there for real.
At the end of the holding cell area there was a small ventilated room where people being held get to go for fresh air. It's a small courtyard with nothing in it. We found it very claustrophobic. While we were in there we were shown pepper spray and a baton. Thankfully these don't get used unless they are really necessary.
It was a really interesting and informative trip and we were lucky enough to be given medals when we were leaving. Thanks to Wexford Garda Station for accommodating us. Hopefully the only reason we'll ever be back is if some of us become Gardaí ourselves.
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