Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has announced a major managerial change in An Garda Síochána, the largest change in the history of the force, and the establishment of new investigation units. A Strategic Transformation Office has been established to co-ordinate and ensures the implementation of our programme of reform.
The Garda National Drugs Unit and the Organised Crime Unit will merge as one and regional detective superintendents will be responsible for the management of criminal investigations. A Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Human Exploitation Unit will also be established under the auspices of the National Support Services.
Risk Compliance and Continuous Improvement Offices has been set-up in each region to ensure the standardisation of processes and monitor implementation of new initiatives such as the Victim Services Offices. These new Risk Compliance and Continuous Improvement Offices will help support Regional Garda Management in improving the delivery of local policing services and ensuring governance and accountability
The Garda Commissioner has also announced the transfer of newly promoted Superintendents and Chief Superintendents.
Nóirín O’Sullivan said “I am delighted to today allocate 34 Superintendents and 6 Chief Superintendents to their new positions in An Garda Síochána, and congratulate them once again on their promotions. These allocations, and the resulting additional changes at these ranks, 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”.
“Based on internal and external analysis and reports, major changes are being made to the organisation’s structure, how we prevent and investigate crime and the provision of the necessary services such as ICT to support these activities”.
The role of the Detective Superintendent in the regions will be to ensure co-ordinated and effective crime management and investigation in addition to crime prevention initiatives and proactive policing measures
Commissioner O’ Sullivan said “By placing Superintendents and Chief Superintendents in these positions now, it will enable them to develop the strategies and structures required to bring about the changes needed and enhance the capabilities in their areas of responsibility. Along with other key elements of the transformation plan, 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”.