The awards celebrate outstanding young people in the county.
Entries are invited for Kildare Garda Youth Awards 2022.
The Kildare Garda Division has announced the launch of the Kildare Garda Youth Awards 2022.
The awards will take place in Newbridge Town Hall on Friday, 16th of September 2022 and celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years.
Kildare Gardaí has said it recognises that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community throughout the county, which should be awarded.
Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live.
1. One overall winner of the Kildare Garda Youth Awards.
2. District award winners (2 from each Garda District of Kildare, Naas and Leixlip).
3. Voluntary Group Achievement Award (open to 2 or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities).
4. Special Achievement Award (open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances and whose commitment deserves recognition).
5. Community Safety Award. An award focused on a crime prevention or safety initiative / innovation that has made their community a safer place to live in.
The judging panel will decide upon one nominee in each category to go forward to represent the Division at the National Garda Youth Awards, which take place in November 2022.
Nominations are now open and entry forms can be collected from your local Garda Station, or downloaded from the Kildare Garda Division Facebook Page.
Forms must be completed in full and returned by post or hand delivered before Wednesday 31st August 2022 to one of the following;
· Garda David Prendergast, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Naas Garda Station 045 884364
· Garda Audrey Sheridan, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Leixlip Garda Station 01 6667848
· Garda Michael Donlon, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Newbridge Garda Station 045 440187
· Garda Kevin Fahey, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Athy area, at Baltinglass Garda Station 059 6482610
Superintendent Oliver Henry of the Naas Garda District commented: "The Gardaí wish to recognise the efforts and sacrifices that young people make in efforts to improve the life of individuals or the community around them.
"It is important for the Gardaí to acknowledge the positive interactions that we have with young people and that it is not only an “enforcement of legislation” relationship that exists between us both," he added.