PSNI and gardai to join forces on crime
The PSNI and gardai will today unveil a new strategy to eliminate the border as an obstacle to crime investigation.
The agreed measures, which are published this morning by the two forces, will not pave the way for hot pursuit of criminals across the border into another jurisdiction.
But it will mean closer co-operation to allow the two forces to act as one in carrying out inquiries into serious crime.
The strategy will also extend the existing liaison between the forces in tackling terrorism to cover a wide range of criminal activities.
Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the aim was to improve public safety throughout Ireland, disrupt criminal activity and enhance the policing capability of both police services on the island.
A joint co-ordinating group is to be set up to oversee cross-Border investigations.
Measures will be implemented to provide further protection for police officers in operations while increasing the visibility of police on the ground in the area.
It is also intended to build on existing co-operation to support a multi-agency immigration strategy for policing the border between the gardai, the PSNI, the UK Border Agency and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
A joint training programme will be extended into new areas including crime, leadership and management development, personnel exchanges, international operations and sex offenders while also looking at the joint response to cross-border emergencies.
"Terrorism, serious and organised crime, and local crime strike fear into the heart of communities and know no boundaries," Mr Murphy said.
"It is increasingly important that law enforcement agencies work in partnership to achieve the shared objective of keeping all of our communities safe."
Mr Baggott said that over the next three years the two forces would work to implement the objectives linked to the new strategy.