The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D. has today officially launched the Regional Support Unit at Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

The units are drawn from regional Garda resources and the Gardaí involved in these teams receive special training and provide armed response support when required.

Minister Ahern said: "This regional unit is available as a dedicated resource to provide support to other Garda units engaged in frontline policing in the event of a critical incident. These are highly trained Gardaí  providing vital assistance to the community in the western region. When required they can respond with firearms and less lethal devices."
 
The Minister said: "Effective policing is not just about accommodation and resources but also about ensuring the Gardaí have trained personnel to match a wide range of challenges facing a modern police force. It is equally as important to have this resource available in the Western region as in our major cities and urban areas."

The Minister said operational procedures for the Units are matters for the Garda Commissioner. RSU members operate in regular Garda uniform and in marked Garda vehicles. In the event of an RSU being deployed to a critical incident, where appropriate, they have the capacity to respond with firearms and less lethal devices. 

There are two sections of the Regional Response Unit attached to Claremorris Garda Station comprising two Sergeants and twelve Gardaí. The unit has already completed training and is operational.

25 June 2010