Wicklow Garda to lose district headquarters in June
Wicklow will be without the headquarters of a Garda Division by June of this year when responsibility for policing the county will be directed from Wexford.
An Garda Síochána today announced the phased introduction of the Garda Operating Model which will see Bray lose its District Headquarters title following the merger with the Wexford Garda District.
The Wicklow Garda division will also be brought into the much larger Eastern Garda Division, which will be headquartered in Kilkenny, with responsibility for Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly, Meath and Westmeath.
Other parts of the plan will see an extra 2,500 gardai assigned to frontline duties in the biggest change seen in the force in modern times. Between now and the end of 2021, garda numbers are set to increase by 600 Gardaí bringing numbers up to 15,000.
In addition, more than 800 Gardaí will be deployed to the front-line. 640 Gardaí have already been re-deployed to the front-line from administrative roles in the last few years.
The changes are part of ‘Policing Service for the Future’, which is the implementation plan based on the report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. As part of this change, Wicklow will be included in phase three of the role out. Phase one has already commenced. Phase two of the roll out will commence next month.
Speaking about the rollout of the plan earlier today, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: “These changes will see us deliver a more responsive, more efficient and better service to local communities.
“It will mean increased numbers of Gardaí working on the frontline, better investigations of crimes against the vulnerable such as sexual crime, and community policing teams dedicated to working with communities to identify and tackle problem crimes in their area.
“Today’s announcements demonstrates the good progress we have made and plan to make over the coming months in implementing the Model. The quicker we can make these changes at Divisional level, the quicker we can deliver these improvements to communities,” he concluded.