Tag Archives: Ireland

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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Community engagement in County Mayo

This article reports a renewed emphasis on community engagement by the Garda in Ballina, Ireland, one of four pilot sites around the country. Commanders plan to assign an officer to each of 72 housing estates with instructions to “drive around, … Continue reading

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False breath test data in Ireland

Over a 7-year period, police in Ireland claimed 1.5 million more driver breath tests than were actually conducted, according to this article citing an official report. A separate inquiry is looking into the wrongful conviction of 14,500 motorists for traffic … Continue reading

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O’Toole to lead review of Gardai

This article reports that Kathleen O’Toole, current police chief in Seattle in the U.S., will lead a “root and branch” review of the Gardai as chair of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. O’Toole previously served as … Continue reading

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