Target is to cut number of firearms in force
THE introduction of armed units in each garda region outside Dublin has turned out to be a good idea.
There were mixed views in the force when the concept was first mooted, but it was generally agreed that the provincial regions should not be fully depend-ant on the emergency response unit (ERU), which is based in the capital.
The ERU is still regularly deployed around the country on special operations, particularly in the fight against terrorism and when taking on organised crime gangs. But it had been obvious for some time that a local squad should be available for call-out as an armed response if an incident arose.