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Drew Harris to maintain security detail in Garda role - reports

An armed security team travelling in secured vehicles is set to accompany Drew Harris when he takes up his role as the head of the Irish police force.

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Harris was announced as Garda Commisioner earlier this week, marking the first time the role had been filled by someone from outside the state.

The Irish Times reports Mr Harris will receive a special security accompaniment when he takes up his position.

Senior PSNI officers in Northern Ireland travel in armoured vehicles and have armed personal protection teams.

The paper quotes Garda sources saying they do not envisage his security detail being reduced once in his new job.

It says armoured vehicles used by some Irish embassy and consular staff possibly being used, as well as a team of armed close protection Garda officers.

It says continuing security at this level is due to the ongoing threat from dissident republicans.

Sources are also quoted as saying there will be heightened security around Garda Headquarters.

Contacted by the Belfast Telegraph, a spokesman for An Garda Siochana said it would not be commenting for security reasons.

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