IN the shake-up of Garda divisional and regional headquarters, Waterford city will be the divisional headquarters for the new Waterford/Kilkenny/Carlow division but Kilkenny has been named as the regional headquarters for the Eastern Region.
The regions will reduce from six to four and the Garda divisions from 28 to 19. Gardaí said a wide range of operational factors had been considered when deciding where the new Regional and Divisional Headquarters should be based. These included: population, geography, projected growth, crime trends and workload.
The new Operating Model has already commenced with the amalgamation of regions and will be introduced into divisions on a phased basis. Divisions in the border region are unlikely to see any significant change until further clarity is available on Brexit.
deliver increased Garda visibility in communities
Commissioner Drew Harris said Last week: “Our new Operating Model will see larger divisions with more resources. It will deliver increased Garda visibility in communities, as well more localised services.
“Resources will be strongly focused on community policing. Chief superintendents and superintendents will be empowered to make decisions on how policing is best delivered within their divisions while working to a corporate framework. Superintendents will be located throughout the divisions and will be supported by additional Sergeants and Inspectors.
“In addition, our new Operating Model will enhance the investigation of crime through the delivery of a greater range of specialised services in local areas such as the investigation of sexual crime, domestic violence, cybercrime, and economic crime.
“Each Division will be provided with a detective superintendent who along with trained investigators in specialist areas will be responsible for local crime investigation.”
Eastern Region: Regional Headquarters – Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny; Regional Chief Superintendent – Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Divisions and Headquarters in the Eastern Region
Meath/Westmeath – Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Laois/Offaly/Kildare – Portlaoise, Co. Laois Wexford/Wicklow – Wexford, Co. Wexford Waterford/Kilkenny/Carlow – Waterford, Co. Waterford