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Commissioner vows to combat organized crime

The new Garda Commissioner vowed today to combat organized crime and protect national security over the year ahead, according to the Press Association.

Martin Callinan has also pledged high visibility patrolling in communities, and to tackle road safety nationwide.

The Commissioner published the Policing Plan for 2011, which puts particular emphasis on domestic violence, crimes of a sexual nature, the management of sex offenders and the protection of child victims.

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Speaking at Garda headquarters, Callinan said the force would continue to maximize resources by engaging in intelligence-led and targeted operations and investigations, as well as high visibility patrolling.

"National security and the reduction of crime and fear of crime are part of our core business," he continued.

"This year's plan identifies a number of key actions including the continued targeting of organized criminality as well as a renewed focus on crimes against the person and high volume property crime such as theft and burglary."

The Commissioner also stressed the importance of roads policing.

"We have witnessed a welcome decrease in deaths on our roads in recent years but our resolve to further reduce deaths and serious injuries remains strong," he added.

"In addition, our traffic corps and all gardai engaged in roads policing are focused on delivering operations and intelligence which will deny individuals the use of the roads for criminal activity."