Castlebar Garda Station is the new headquarters for An Garda Siochana’s Mayo/Roscommon/Longford division while Murrough in Co Galway is the new regional headquarters, Commissioner Drew Harris confirmed today.
The new regional and divisional headquarters have been unveiled as part of a restructuring programme that is being carried out under the new operating model for An Garda Siochana.
It will see existing garda regions reduce from six to four and Garda divisions drop in number from 28 to 19.
The changes also see Letterkenny selected as the headquarters of the Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal division while the north west Regional Chief Superitendent will be based in Monaghan.
The selection of the new headquarters was based on a wide range of operational factors including population, geography, projected growth and crime trends as well as workload across a range of work streams.
The new model is already in operation in terms of the amalgamation of regions while the reduction in divisions will be effected on a phased basis.
Divisions in the border region are unlikely to see any significant change until further clarity is available on Brexit.
Commissioner Harris explained that the new model will bring in larger divisions with more resources. It will deliver increased garda visibility in communities, as well as more localised services.
Resources will be strongly focused on community policing, he stressed, adding that 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.
Mr Harris continued: “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, cyber crime, 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.
“Complex or highly technical crimes will generally be dealt with at national level,” he concluded.