Garda Commissioner Drew Harris attended a meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee in Castlebar yesterday.

This was the first time ever that a commissioner attended a JPC meeting in Mayo.

Commissioner Harris discussed the new Garda operating model, which will see Mayo amalgamated into one Garda division with Roscommon and Longford next year, with councillors and community representatives.

Community policing and having more frontline Gardai are key aims of the new model.

The Commissioner told Midwest Radio that the purpose is to offer a more localised service with the necessary resources in place.

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