A new Street Crime Unit has been launched by Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin in Cork City Division.

The uniformed unit will be comprised of one Sergeant and eight Gardaí and will be overseen by Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan, Southside Community Engagement, Anglesea Street Garda Station.

The dedicated unit has been established to target anti-social behaviour, drugs related offences, thefts and offences against persons, providing additional high visibility policing in the environs of Cork City Centre. The members of the unit will be deployed and times and locations that have been identified as “hot spots” for crime by the Garda Analysis Services.

The deployment of personnel to this unit will contribute to maintaining a safe environment for both businesses and visitors to the City and comes at a time when many businesses are reopening due to the lifting of COVID related Government restrictions.

The Street Crime Unit was originally planned to be launched following an announcement at the Cork JPC in February, 2020 but due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, all resource were utilised for the significant policing operation that ensued.

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