The Divisional Protective Services Units will provide a consistent and professional approach to the investigation of domestic and sexual crimes.
Two new Garda protective units in Dublin will provide a more professional approach to investigating domestic abuse and sexual violence.
The new Divisional Protective Services Units (DPSUs) will launch today in Cabra and Clondalkin, as well as two more in Dundalk and Cork.
They are the first to be established as part of a phased nationwide roll-out of DPSUs in all Garda divisions and they will go live in the remaining 25 Garda divisions from the beginning of 2018
The move is part of the Garda Modernisation and Renewal programme and is one of a number of initiatives designed to improve the policing service to the public.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: "Today marks a significant step forward in the provision of protective services for vulnerable people in Ireland.
"It means that people who are victims of a range of crimes, including sexual, domestic or child abuse, prostitution and human trafficking can expect a more professional and consistent service from the Gardai.
"Equally our response to the investigation of missing persons, children who are missing in care, and sex offenders will be enhanced by the establishment of DPSUs,” said Deputy Twomey.
He added: "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.
"It also reaffirms our commitment that there is no place for deferential treatment in modern Irish policing.”
The full list of crime types and service areas that will be for consideration by the Divisional Protective Service Units are:
• Sexual Crime Investigation
• Online Child Exploitation Investigation
• Child Protection, Crimes against Children and Child Welfare
• Domestic Abuse Intervention and Investigation
• Human Trafficking Investigation
• Organised Prostitution Investigation
• Specialist Interviewing
• Sex Offender Management
• Missing Persons
• Missing Children in Care
• Support for Victims of Crime
• Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS).