Roscommon has formally lost its status as a Divisional Garda HQ in a development which will be seen as a significant downgrading move.
When An Garda Síochána announced the locations of new Regional and Divisional Headquarters on Wednesday, it emerged that Roscommon Town Garda Station was losing its long-established status as a divisional HQ. Roscommon has been the HQ for the Roscommon/Longford Divisional area for many years.
An Garda Síochána announced that, arising from a nationwide restructuring, the number of Garda Regions will reduce from six to four and the number of Garda Divisions from 28 to 19.
Roscommon will now be in a new division encompassing counties Mayo, Roscommon and Longford. The HQ for the Mayo/Roscommon/Longford Division will be in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
The new Operating Model has already commenced with the amalgamation of Regions and will be introduced into Divisions on a phased basis.
An Garda Síochána said that a wide range of operational factors have been considered when deciding where the new Regional and Divisional Headquarters should be based. These factors included: population, geography, projected growth, crime trends and workload across a range of work streams.