Tag Archives: Ireland

Pace of change in An Garda Síochána

Police in Ireland are in the early stages of a 4-year transformation program recommended by a blue-ribbon commission and adopted by the government. The Policing Authority has criticized the Garda for not making sufficient progress during 2018 in filling vacant … Continue reading

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Ireland needs renewed focus on rural policing

Following the economic recession, numerous smaller police stations in Ireland were closed and rural policing was undervalued, contributing to “social isolation in rural areas,” according to a national review reported here. The study recommends “Proactively addressing problems within communities, rather than … Continue reading

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Policing the UK’s only land border

This article describes policing challenges on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Conditions are much more peaceful than 30 years ago, when police on the northern side would patrol with soldiers in armored vehicles. Today there are some 250 … Continue reading

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Future of policing report — Ireland

This article summarizes the report of Ireland’s Commission on the Future of Policing. It recommends a stronger emphasis on frontline policing for community safety as well as more coherent and streamlined accountability systems. Input from around the country revealed that … Continue reading

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Ireland appoints new Garda commissioner from PSNI

This article reports that Ireland has appointed a new commissioner of their national police following a competitive selection process. The appointee comes from Northern Ireland, a surprise to some but well reasoned according to one commentator: “The PSNI I’ve dealt … Continue reading

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Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland

The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland was established in 2017 with its report due by September 2018. A recent submission by the Law Society of Ireland, available here, lists 14 recommendations, including simplifying oversight structures, more emphasis … Continue reading

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Custom-fit app for community policing

This article describes a smartphone app, SecureU, now being pilot tested in 5 EU cities, designed to enhance direct engagement between citizens and police. Developers have taken a “privacy-by-design approach respectful of national and EU regulations,” resulting in local versions of the … Continue reading

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