Monday 20 November 2017

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan orders 100 senior officers to be moved and specialist units merged

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan

Paul Williams

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has today ordered the biggest managerial shake-up in the force in living memory.

As part of the radical re-organisation, up to 100 senior officers of superintendent and chief superintendent rank are to be moved, while a number of high profile units will be merged.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan at the National Women’s Council of Ireland 'A Woman’s Place is in the World' conference at Dublin Castle. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan at the National Women’s Council of Ireland 'A Woman’s Place is in the World' conference at Dublin Castle. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Comm O'Sullivan gave the order for the unprecedented shake-up this morning and officers around the country are still being informed about where they are due to be sent.

The Garda National Drug Unit is to merge with the Organised Crime Unit, while other specialist squads will be either be beefed up or restructured.

Comm O'Sullivan also announced the establishment of a new unit to specifically deal with "child protection", "domestic violence" and "human exploitation". This unit will be headed up by a chief superintendent specifically appointed for the task.

A 'Strategic Transformation Office' has also been established to co-ordinate and ensure the implementation of a reform programme.

Comm O'Sullivan also announced that each garda region in the country will have a 'Risk Compliance and Continuous Improvement Office' which will oversee the "the standardisation of processes and monitor implementation of reforms".

This new office will supervise the ongoing establishment of victim service offices which were announced for every garda division before Christmas.

Among those to be appointed to new positions today are a total of 44 recently promoted chief superintendents and superintendents.

They include seven new chief superintendents, and 37 superintendents.

It's understood the new commissioner has been involved in planning the major shake-up for a number of months since she was appointed.

Some of the transfers announced this morning have been greeted with surprise in sections of the force.

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