Gardaí create six more units to tackle sexual crimes and domestic violence
The units began work on Wednesday.
An Garda Síochána has created six more units aimed at investigating specialised crime types, including sexual crime, child abuse and domestic abuse.
Garda Divisions in DMR South Central, Kerry, Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford and Limerick have established Divisional Protective Service Units as part of the Garda Síochána modernisation programme.
The six new units, which went live on Wednesday, means that 10 DPSUs have been established across nine Garda Divisions.
Speaking on the announcement, Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services, said: "The continued expansion of the DPSU project will ensure a consistent level of service by An Garda Síochána to the victims of Sexual crime and Domestic Abuse.
"They are a welcome and valuable addition to Garda Divisions and will add to the service we provide."
It was also announced that DPSUs will go live in the remaining 19 Garda Divisions during 2019.
Training for personnel in these DPSUs is already underway at the Garda Training College.