Garda Commissioner Drew Harris - Former PSNI Deputy Chief Constable

Commissioner Plays Down Rise In Knife Crime As Media-Driven Narrative

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The Garda Commissioner says knife crime is NOT reaching ‘epidemic‘ proportions as is portrayed by the media.

A nationwide analysis of the use and seizure of offensive weapons such as knives has been carried out by An Garda Siochana.

It follows a number of serious knife related incidents in Dublin’s North Inner City earlier in the year.

Commissioner Drew Harris says knife crime is not on the rise.

That does not bear out the narrative which one sees so often in the media. There has not been a huge spike in knives and in fact over the last ten years we would have seen a slow decline, but it is a decline in the use of knives that is part of the modus operandi.