Gardai say two new Protective Services divisions in Dublin will provide a more professional approach to investigating domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual violence.
THE DPSUs go live in Cabra and Clondlakin later today as well as in Cork and Dundalk. 25 more units will launch next year.
The units will also deal with prostitution, human trafficking and missing persons. The move is part of An Garda Siochana's Modernisation and Renewal Programme.
Policing and Security Deputy Commissioner John Twomey says "it will also provide us with an opportunity to place vulnerable victims of crime at the centre of the Garda service, which is in line with our stated ethos of providing a more victim-centred, empathetic and meaningful service to the people who need it most."
CEO of fhe Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeleen Blackwell says they've waited a long time for these units and are pleased to see these first four being rolled out.
"We need well informed, well trained Gardaí to effectively combat sexual, domestic and gender based violence. We need victims to be confident that if they work up the courage to report, their cases will be investigated in a consistently high quality manner. These units are structured to provide that."