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Garda Commissioners Comment on the allocation of newly promoted Superintendents and Chief Superintendents

Comment from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan on the allocation of newly promoted Superintendents and Chief Superintendents to their new positions:

I am delighted to today allocate 34 Superintendents and 6 Chief Superintendents to their new positions in An Garda Síochána, and congratulate them once again on their promotions.

These allocations, and the resulting additional changes at these ranks, are a critical element of our transformation programme as they will allow us to develop the new structures, units and approaches required to ensure we are providing the best possible service to the public.

Based on internal and external analysis and reports, major changes are being made to the organisation’s structure, how we prevent and investigate crime, and the provision of the necessary services such as ICT to support these activities.

For example:

- A Strategic Transformation Office has been established to co-ordinate and ensure the implementation of our programme of reform

- Risk Compliance and Continuous Improvement Offices have been set-up in each region to ensure the standardisation of processes and monitor implementation of new initiatives such as the Victim Services Offices. These new Risk Compliance and Continuous Improvement Offices will help support Regional Garda Management in improving the delivery of local policing services and ensuring governance and accountability

- The role of the Detective Superintendent in the regions will be to ensure co-ordinated and effective crime management and investigation in addition to crime prevention initiatives and proactive policing measures

- An additional Chief Superintendent has been appointed to oversee a new unit – Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Human Exploitation
– under the auspices of National Support Services

- The establishment of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit to spearhead intelligence-led operations targeting organised crime gangs.

By placing Superintendents and Chief Superintendents in these positions now, it will enable them to develop the strategies and structures required to bring about the changes needed and enhance the capabilities in their areas of responsibility.

Along with other key elements of the transformation plan, these changes will help deliver a victim-centred, community-focused police service that seeks to prevent crime in the first instance and then, when it does occur, investigates it professionally and thoroughly.