Task force to target organised crime nicknamed 'Dirty Thirty' by officers
The new task force set up to tackle organised crime in the capital has been dubbed 'The Dirty Thirty' by colleagues.
The elite squad of Dublin-based gardai were handpicked for the job and are well known for their work at the coalface of crime and attempting to rid the city of drug gangs.
It is understood there was no shortage of volunteers when it was announced that the new Special Crime Task Force was being set up in the wake of the ongoing feud involving the Kinahan and Hutch gangs.
The new unit is led by a detective inspector who is currently based at a south Dublin station who will have control of seven sergeants and 30 gardai.
Six female officers will be on the elite unit, whose formation was announced in late May.
The new Special Garda Crime Taskforce, controlled and co-ordinated by the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau to combat gang-related crime, is already operational in the capital.
"These gardai have seen first-hand the scourge that drugs cause, from the effect on addicts to the spikes in robberies and burglaries that addicts commit to feed their habit," said one source.
"They have also seen the vulgar wealth that drug gangs accumulate.
"These gardai are not afraid to get their hands dirty. They know it is a tough job but are keen to see the unit succeed in its aims," they added.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan previously welcomed the formation of the unit.
"The Special Crime Task Force will operate in support to the work being undertaken by the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau which has had significant success since its establishment," gardai said in an official statement.
The supports provided by the Special Crime Task Force will include assistance to other specialist units in An Garda Siochana and the Criminal Assets Bureau.
"In this regard a primary focus will centre on targeting the proceeds of crime in close liaison with other statutory bodies, including the Revenue Commissioners and Department of Social Protection.
"The Special Crime Task Force will utilise the expertise of the Divisional Asset Profilers, all of whom have received specific training in investigations of this nature. In addition, the specialist services that the Special Crime Task Force will access include the expertise provided by the Garda Siochana Analysts Service," a garda spokesman added.