New Garda initiatives were highlighted at last week’s meeting of the county’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC).
Detective Inspector John Costello outlined to the members a number of developments that have been put in place in the Roscommon Longford division since 2019.
As well as the establishment of a Garda Protective Services Unit, which investigates sexual crime, the divisional drugs unit has been increased.
“It now operates with one sergeant and six Gardaí,” he said. This unit was also being assisted with administration, such as the preparation of a book of evidence and court files, by civilian staff, allowing Gardaí to concentrate on policing.
As of February 1st, 2021, a new immigration unit has been established, he told the meeting.
“Heretofore, immigration personnel were based at the districts of the division, Roscommon, Longford, Granard, and Castlerea. They processed all of the immigration issues. Now, people are dealing with that at a centralised base here in Roscommon, and people travel to us to get their immigration matters dealt with.”
This allowed four immigration personnel, a sergeant and three Gardaí, to be mobile, dealing with all immigration issues. This included investigating organised crime gangs, where there was a foreign element.