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Hard Brexit needs: Ex-PSNI DCC Drew Harris is moving resources to the border

Hard Brexit needs: Ex-PSNI DCC Drew Harris is moving resources to the border

Date - 27th June 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle

 

Additional policing will be needed to patrol the border in the event of a hard Brexit as Ireland’s top officer confirmed resources are “on the move” to beef up security and counter threats from terror and organised crime.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris says he is sending more officers to police the Republic’s side of the divide with Northern Ireland in areas of armed support, roads policing and “general strengths”.

Chief Harris, uniquely placed as a police leader who has served at the highest level on both sides of the island of Ireland, told a Dáil parliamentary committee that any police response will depend on "what kind of Brexit we get".

The former PSNI deputy chief constable said: "It will depend on the threats that arise.

"We are a community-based policing organisation, threats will arise, threats that we cope with at the moment and have coped with in the past."

He added that in the event of a hard border, organised crime will increase.

He said: "The issue of organised crime, as tariffs diverge, there will be more and more opportunities then to smuggle over the border, and that will require a response.

"Also then the threat from terrorism, we have to see, we don't know the severity of the issues that may arise.

"Even just looking at the situation (at the border) at the moment, with the ATM robberies, smuggling, and other crime, it is prudent for us to make sure the border is well resourced.

"We're moving resources there, with armed support and roads policing and general strengths of that area."

The EU, and the Irish republic have been steadfast that the re-emergence of a hard border could have catastrophic effect on both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

They argued any customs or regulatory border would have a devastating impact on the economy of the island, with concerns flagged about the security issues and political fallout from the re-emergence of a border on the island.

The backstop was a fundamental requirement of any exit deal struck with the UK.

Brussels and Dublin demanded the mechanism in phase one, to guarantee the border would always remain open.

Brussels was also determined to protect the integrity of its single market, amid fears an open land border with the UK could see goods which do not meet Brussels' regulations enter freely into the 27 member states

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Hmmm...I think the CC is missing something if he thinks a hard border will lead to more crime than the current open border.  I wonder if he is aware of the numbers of illegal immigrants who currently fly into Dublin then literally stroll across the border into the UK. If its that easy for a human to cross the border how easy would it be for  drugs, cigarettes, stolen property etc to cross?

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3 hours ago, skydiver said:

Hmmm...I think the CC is missing something if he thinks a hard border will lead to more crime than the current open border.  I wonder if he is aware of the numbers of illegal immigrants who currently fly into Dublin then literally stroll across the border into the UK. If its that easy for a human to cross the border how easy would it be for  drugs, cigarettes, stolen property etc to cross?

I agree, the situation would be no different from now so why is the DCC making a meal of it.

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