New Waterford Garda unit will tackle sexual offences and child abuse
Waterford has been named as one of six Garda Divisions to have had a new Divisional Protective Service Unit established in recent weeks.
The new units have been launched in DMR South Central, Kerry, Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford and Limerick as part of the Garda Síochána modernisation programme.
Six new Divisional Protective Services Units (DPSUs) went live across six Garda divisions in the first week of January adding to the already established Units. A total of 10 Divisional Units have now been established across nine Garda Divisions.
DPSUs will deliver a consistent and professional approach to the investigation of specialised crime types, including sexual crime, child abuse and domestic abuse.
DPSUs will go live in the remaining 19 Garda Divisions throughout 2019. Training for personnel attached to each of the units commenced in the Garda College on January 7.
The first module, on Sexual Crime investigation includes as part of the curriculum, input from victims of sexual abuse, who will give a presentation in relation to the victim’s perspective.
Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services, said today that, "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.”