Role of the Crime and Security division


The role of the Crime and Security Division in the Department of Justice and Equality is to provide co-ordinated policy direction and legal frameworks to reduce and prevent crime, tackle reoffending and develop more secure communities.


Tackling crime is informed by an analysis of crime trends and will include:

measures to reduce the risk of becoming involved in crime along with crime prevention initiatives;

effective policing founded on partnership between communities, An Garda Síochána, local authorities and other agencies;

measures to improve the standing of victims and their needs;

multi-agency responses to complex forms of crime – organised crime, trafficking, smuggling, cybercrime and white collar crime;

application of a range of criminal sanctions to facilitate a reduction in offending and public protection.


Its remit is broad and covers the following: