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Special Crime Operations

Special Crime Operations

The 4 branches of Operational Support are the Air, Dog, Mounted and Water Support Units Operational Support

The Operational Support Unit (formerly called Special Services) consists of 4 units that provide specialist support to operational Gardaí throughout the country. 

The 4 units are:

The Operational Support Unit is headed by a Superintendent who reports to Assistant Commissioner, National Support Services.

Garda National Protective Services Bureau (G.N.P.S.B)

The Garda National Protective Services Bureau provides advice, guidance and assistance to Gardai investigating the following: Sexual Crime Investigation, Online Child Exploitation Investigation, Child Protection, Domestic Abuse Intervention and Investigation, Human Trafficking Investigation, Organised Prostitution Investigation, ViCLAS, Specialist Interview, Sex Offender Management, Missing Persons, Missing Persons in Care and Support for Victims of Crime.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Policy 2017 is available here

Further information is available here