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Assistant Commissioner Organised & Serious Crime


Title: Assistant Commissioner Organised & Serious Crime

Name: Justin Kelly

Native Of: Dublin

Appointed: 30th May 2022

Joined: 1992

Career Highlights:

Assistant Commissioner Kelly has over 30 years policing experience and was appointed to his role as Assistant Commissioner, Organised and Serious Crime in May 2022.  He is responsible for leading the national policing response in areas of drugs and organised crime, cybercrime, economic crime, immigration and crimes against vulnerable persons.  He is the strategic lead for the development of capacity and organisational policy in a number of areas connected with serious crime investigation. 

Assistant Commissioner Kelly most recently held the position as Detective Chief Superintendent, in the Organisation’s Operational Counter-Terrorism Unit, the Special Detective Unit.  He was previously Detective Superintendent, Garda National Protective Services Bureau, as well as a Detective Inspector, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, and a frontline Inspector in the Blanchardstown and Clondalkin areas of Dublin.

In 2001 Assistant Commissioner Kelly was seconded to work for the United Nations in Bosnia Herzegovina, where he worked monitoring and building the capacity of local Law Enforcement.


  • Bachelor in Civil Law (BCL) from University College Dublin,
  • Master of Criminal Justice from John Jay College in New York, (Recipient of the McCabe fellowship in 2009 to undertake a year long period of study and research at John Jay College)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Dublin City University
  • Master of Serious Crime Investigation from the University of Limerick.
  • Strategic Command Course, College of Policing, U.K.