Letterkenny has been confirmed as An Garda Síochána's headquarters for the Donegal/Sligo/Leitrim division in North Western Region.
This was announced yesterday (Wednesday), as part of the restructuring programme under the new Operating Model. The regions will reduce from six to four and the garda divisions from 28 to 19.
“A wide range of operational factors have been considered when deciding where the new regional and divisional headquarters should be based. These factors included population, geography, projected growth, crime trends and workload across a range of work streams.
The new 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,” said a spokesperson.
The new Regional and Divisional Headquarters are:
North Western Region
Regional Headquarters - Murrough, Co Galway
Regional Chief Superintendent - Monaghan, Co Monaghan
Divisions and Headquarters in North Western Region
Galway - Murrough, Co Galway
Mayo/Roscommon/Longford - Castlebar, Co Mayo
Donegal/Sligo/Leitrm - Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Cavan/Monaghan/Louth - Drogheda, Co Louth
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
Regional Headquarters - Anglesea Street, Cork City
Regional Chief Superintendent - Anglesea Street, Cork City
Divisions and Headquarters in the Southern Region
Cork City - Anglesea Street, Cork City
Cork County - Macroom (Bandon until new headquarters is built in Macroom)
Kerry - Tralee, Co Kerry
Limerick - Henry Street, Limerick
Clare/Tipperary - Ennis, Co Clare
Dublin Metropolitan Region
Regional Headquarters - Harcourt Square, Dublin
Regional Chief Superintendent - Harcourt Square, Dublin
Divisions and Headquarters in the DMR
DMR North - Ballymun, Dublin
DMR South - Crumlin, Dublin
DMR North Central - Store Street, Dublin
DMR South Central - Kevin Street, Dublin
DMR East - Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
DMR West - Blanchardstown, Dublin
Speaking following the announcement Commissioner Drew Harris said their new Operating Model would 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, 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 said.