Gardaí roll out new divisional protective units across Ireland

Gardaí will be stepping up efforts to crack down on domestic and sexual crimes across the country.

Four new divisional protective service units (DPSU) have gone live and gardaí say this marks a “new chapter in the investigation of specialised crime types”.

The units are based in Cabra, Clondalkin, Anglesea Street (Cork) and Dundalk. Units will be rolled out to the remaining 25 divisions from the start of 2018.

A total of 15 gardaí will be attached to each unit, which will include an Inspector, two Detective Sergeants, 10 detective gardaí and two administrative staff, with a small number being allocated on a phased basis.

The crimes they will deal with are:

  • Sexual Crime Investigation
  • Online Child Exploitation Investigation
  • Child Protection, Crimes against Children and Child Welfare
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention and Investigation
  • Human Trafficking Investigation
  • Organised Prostitution Investigation
  • Specialist Interviewing
  • Sex Offender Management
  • Missing Persons
  • Missing Children in Care
  • Support for Victims of Crime
  • Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS)

Speaking on the announcement, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said this project will impact positively on Garda members and the public.

“Today marks a significant step forward in the provision of protective services for vulnerable people in Ireland. It means that people who are victims of a range of crimes, including sexual, domestic or child abuse, prostitution and human trafficking can expect a more professional and consistent service from the Gardaí.

“Equally our response to the investigation of missing persons, children who are missing in care, and sex offenders will be enhanced by the establishment of DPSUs,” said Deputy Twomey.

Noeline Blackwell, CEO Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said she was pleased with the announcement and added we need “well informed, well trained Gardaí to effectively combat sexual, domestic and gender based violence”.

Adding, “we need victims to be confident that if they work up the courage to report, their cases will be investigated in a consistently high quality manner.”

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