GardaÍ will now be able to record instances of racism and hate crimes directly into their computer systems.
For the first time, officers investigating offences such as Islamophobia and homophobia will be able to log complaints directly into the Pulse system.
The move has been heralded by various groups across the country as a “massive step forward” in the battle to tackle sickening hate crimes in Ireland.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland welcomed the update saying it sends out a strong message to victims that their complaints are being taken seriously and will be investigated.
Under the overhaul, the system will be able to open cases directly linked to a number of offences.
The categories include racism, homophobia, anti-Traveller offences, ageism, acts against people with disabilities, sectarianism, anti-Roma sentiments, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, transphobia and gender-related issues.