Gardai launch huge operation against foreign and indigenous criminals operating here

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Checkpoint: Gardai in Cork carrying out Operation Trivium
Checkpoint: Gardai in Cork carrying out Operation Trivium

Gardai have launched a massive operation against foreign and indigenous criminals working within Irish borders.

The last TRIVIUM operation was a joint UK and Netherlands initiative that took place in June, during which 656 vehicles were seized and 897 people were were arrested. 
Operation TRIVIUM is a TISPOL led, pan European operation being held over a 24-hour period from this morning until tomorrow, a spokesperson said. 
It is targeting organised crime and criminals from foreign countries who are operating within Ireland and are in turn utilising the road network to target local communities. 
There are numerous checkpoints being held around the country, gardai said, aimed at disrupting and deterring criminals, many of whom are operating as part of organised criminal gangs.
The operation has four key objectives:
  1. Disrupting criminality through denying foreign national mobile organised crime groups the use of the road;
  2. Increasing the understanding and intelligence of foreign national offenders from a crime and counter terrorism perspective;
  3. Enhancing levels of trust and confidence in local communities through delivering enforcement and educational activity that is designed to 'tackle criminality not the community'; and
  4. Ensuring that all avenues of legislation both criminal & civil are considered to disrupt, deter and detect unlawful behaviour.
The operation is especially targeting those who have committed the most serious offences, or who present the greatest risk to the public. 
At 3.30pm today, there have been:
  • 84 Pulse incidents created
  • 13 vehicles seized under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act
  • 8 arrests including, 2 drink driving, 1 drug possession, 4 disqualified drivers, 1 contrary to firearms. 
"Trivium is a multi-agency road policing operation designed to tackle foreign national offenders and indigenous travelling criminals who utilise the road network to target local communities, many of whom are part of organised criminal gangs," gardai said.