PBNI has been continuing to deliver services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important elements of our work is supervising community service orders. People subject to these orders have an opportunity to give back to their local communities by carrying out unpaid work.
Niall McEvoy, Assistant Director for Rural, said: “Throughout the last year community service squads have continued to operate in local communities. To help keep people safe, squads have been operating outdoors only and have been involved in environmental work, and graffiti removal. Maintaining safe social distancing in squads is vital. For that reason PBNI has acquired a number of ‘safe distancing assistants’. These are small electronic devices worn on a lanyard or clipped to clothing which help people keep a safe distance from each other. When another wearer is too close, the devices emit a short audible or vibrating alert, advising both parties to increase their distancing.
“It has been so important for us to be able to continue to supervise community service throughout the pandemic. In work squads people can momentarily forget to comply with social distancing. This device has enabled us to keep squads working safely throughout the pandemic and help us continue to give back to local communities.”