Police co-operation: Ireland joins the Schengen Information System
National authorities will also have access to information on missing people in need of protection and stolen property, such as vehicles. To facilitate this co-operation, Ireland has set up a national SIRENE bureau, connected to other member states’ bureaux, operational 24/7, and in charge of coordinating additional information exchange in relation to alerts. At the end of 2020, the Schengen Information System contained approximately 93 million alerts. It was accessed 3.7 billion times in 2020 and contained 209 178 hits (when a search leads to an alert and the authorities confirm it).