Changes to Shannonside Garda divisions to be confirmed today

Major changes to Garda divisions across the country will be announced today.

The Roscommon/Longford garda division is set to be aligned to the Mayo division, while the Sligo/Leitrim division is being merged with Donegal.

Commissioner Drew Harris will reveal the new Operating Model, which will see changes to the organisation’s structures, processes, services and governance.

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Under the new plans, believed to big the biggest shake-up of the force in modern times, more gardai will be deployed to the frontline.

It’s expected that Garda divisions will be reduced from 28 to 19, giving greater independence to the new larger divisions – Garda regions are also likely to be reduced from 6 to 4.

An Garda Siochana says the new plan will increase the number of front-line Gardaí, deliver a more localised service to communities, and maximise the force’s operational impact.

In a statement this morning, the Garda Representative Association says that Commissioner Drew Harris has assured them that the plan isn’t necessarily the last word on the issue and that the views of the GRA and others will be considered.