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Major changes for garda force with set up of new investigation units

New units include a merging of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit.

GARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRIN ÓSullivan has announced a major shake-up in garda management.

New investigation units are to be introduced and gardaí have been moved to new roles.

The fresh changes are critical to the “transformation programme” that will allow the force develop new structures within the force, she said.

Brand new units are being established, which include a merging of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit.

ÓSulllivan said it will now lead intelligence-led operations targeting organised crime gangs.

A new Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Human Exploitation has also been set up under the auspices of National Support Services.

In total, 34 Superintendents and 6 Chief Superintendents have been allocated new positions  in the gardaí.

A new office to deal with risk compliance and improvements has been set up in each region, tasked with ensuring that standards are met across the country. 

It will monitor the implementation of the initiatives such as the victim support offices. The office is also there to oversee governance and accountability. 

These changes will help deliver a victim-centred, community-focused police service that seeks to prevent crime in the first instance and then, when it does occur, investigates it professionally and thoroughly.

She said these measures ”are a critical element of our transformation programme as they will allow us to develop the new structures, units and approaches required to ensure we are providing the best possible service to the public”.

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