Top from left: deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn and Chief Administrative Office Joseph Nugent
Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris unveils the new Garda Operating Model, considered to be ‘the biggest restructuring of the force in modern times’.
An Garda Síochána says that there will be an increasing number of community policing teams.
It also says that there will be a reduction in administrative structures and the community policing teams will be working with communities to identify and tackle problem crimes in their area.
…the changes are designed to deal with the changes in Irish society, including the diversity of communities, the nature of crime and changes in the garda workforce.
…there will be an improvement in garda technical capabilities to tackle cyber crime, with 50 gardaí currently studying for a postgraduate qualification in economic crime.
Among the changes included is a reduction in garda regions from six to four and a reduction in the number of garda divisions from 28 to 19.
This is designed to release more gardaí to frontline duties and deliver a more localised service to communities…
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