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crime crackdown Gardai thwarted 14 assassinations, along with seizing 18 firearms last year

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Commissioner Drew Harris is pleased with the crime figures for 2019

Commissioner Drew Harris is pleased with the crime figures for 2019

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Commissioner Drew Harris is pleased with the crime figures for 2019

Gardai thwarted 14 assassinations in 2019, along with seizing 18 firearms as well.

According to last year's Garda Annual Report, the gardaí managed to stop a number of assassinations, as the force grew to its largest ever personnel size.

Commissioner Drew Harris said high levels of satisfaction were found with the services provided by the force, with more than 90 per cent of the public trusting An Gardaí Síochána.

“The dedication and determination of Garda personnel to keeping people safe is evident throughout this report,” he said. “From significant drug seizures, on-going reductions in burglaries, crime prevention initiatives, and daily community engagement.”

Commissioner Harris also discussed the Gardaí’s role in decreasing the power of various dissident groups.

“An Garda Síochána’s role in securing the State during the year was also evident from major seizures of weaponry that degraded the capability of dissident groups, convictions for terrorism offences, and large-scale preparations for potential terrorist incidents,” he said.

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CAB raids were a big success last year

CAB raids were a big success last year

CAB raids were a big success last year

Along with preventing 14 murders, up to €21m worth of drugs were seized by the Gardaí in 2019. They also seized €3.5m worth of property.

More sensitive situations were additionally dealt with last year. In total, 98 hostage, barricade, or suicide type incidents were dealt with by Garda negotiators in 2019.

Gardaí also worked on a number of youth initiatives, such as having more than 500 children from across Dublin participating in the DMR Garda/FAI Late Night Leagues. Additionally, there’s 105 Garda Youth Diversion Projects working nationwide to focus on diverting young people from reoffending.

In total, 17,709 people were working for An Garda Síochána last year. Of those, 14,307 are Gardaí, 2,944 are Garda staff, and finally 458 of them are reserves.

Commissioner Drew Harris also discussed how the Gardaí have tried to center human rights in their policing going forward, and mentioned some actions they’ve taken.

“Such initiatives included the publication of our Human Rights Strategy, the re-establishment of our Strategic Human Rights Advisory Council, the employment of an external human rights advisor and the setting-up of a Human Rights Unit,” he said.

“An Garda Síochána also published its Diversity and Integration Strategy, 2019 – 2021. The strategy focuses on enhancing the identification, reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. It also included for the first time a policing definition of hate crime.”

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