Irish police have so far arrested 162 criminals via the Schengen information system
Irish police have arrested 162 people who have engaged in serious crimes and illegal activities since joining the Schengen Information System (SIS II).
SIS II was implemented in Ireland in early 2021 to increase security at the country’s borders. Since then, Ireland has been able to verify and share data on banned, missing and wanted people, ensuring safety in the country.
According to data provided by Irish authorities, the country has arrested 162 people in the past nine months. Those arrested were implicated in crimes across Europe, including sexual assault, drug trafficking and burglaries, among others, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Speaking on this, Justice Minister Helen McEntee told the Irish Mirror that international cooperation is very important when it comes to fighting and preventing crime.
Apart from this, she stressed that cooperation between countries plays an important role in the investigation and prosecution of criminals involved in human trafficking and other crimes.
With the reported number of arrests made by Irish authorities since joining the system, it has been proven that the country has been able to carry out more successful activities. This happened because the Irish police could share and accept important information through the system.
SIS II is a secure database system used by European countries to store detailed information on border security and law enforcement. The system is primarily used to monitor public safety, which means law enforcement can share data on wanted and missing people, as well as stolen or lost vehicles and items.
An Garda Síochána, which refers to the Irish National Police, has integrated the Garda National Immigration Bureau and PULSE into SIS II. This means that members of the Garda and the Driller Management Unit and Immigration Service staff have full access to SIS II data.
Ireland has also implemented the Request for Additional Information from National Entries (SIRENE Bureau). The SIRENE office is connected to the offices of other EU Member States. The office operates around the clock to coordinate and share information related to important alerts.
Previously, Members of the European Parliament agreed to increase the capacity of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation to fight crime in EU Member States. According to this decision, European police services can enter the SIS and exchange data with companies to detect and combat illegal actions.