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# policing

This week
19th March 2023 - 24th March 2023
# Waterford
Chairman asks woman to not discuss Garda complaint at local authority's policing meeting
He said that while she suffered an “absolutely life-changing experience”, it would not be appropriate to discuss the case in public.
Last year
# policing
Cherry Orchard locals are 'fed up' and 'ignored' and feel criminals are 'in charge'
Gardaí in the area are “undervalued and overworked”, according to officers.
# gsoc
Garda watchdog sees marked increase in complaints in 2021 - but 39% ruled inadmissible
The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission annual report showed that last year the body dealt with 2,189 complaints in 2021.
All time
# policing bill
Policing Bill grants Garda ombudsman 'almost draconian' powers, superintendents' group warns
The association’s annual conference begins in Kildare today.
# guards
800 more gardaí to be recruited in 2022
400 Gardaí civilian staff will also be recruited next year.
# Backlash
NI police chief vows to listen to unionist concerns over report on South Armagh policing
Controversy arose following the publication of a review of policing the South Armagh area.
Opinion: GSOC has made a difference - but it needs reform
DCU’s Dr Vicky Conway looks at the development of GSOC since its creation, ahead of a new study of complainants’ experiences with the body.
# National Security
Cabinet clears the way for the biggest reform of national security in a generation
The new Bill will replace the Garda Síochána Act and will form a major shift in national security, sources have said.
# policing by consent
Policing Authority says relationship between gardaí and students 'significantly deteriorated' in recent months
Students reported being fined for being on a walk within their 5km and having food deliveries stopped and checked for purchases of alcohol.
# clean slate
The FAI has settled a €368k bill with An Garda Síochána for policing major football matches
The FAI’s ability to repay the monies owed follows a €55 million government package which saved the organisation last year.
# An Garda Síochána
50 garda sergeants appointed to inspector without new promotion competition
The gardaí had previously competed in a promotion campaign but were not offered posts.
# garda commissioner
Drew Harris says gardaí have stepped up investigations to identify organisers of anti-lockdown protests
Yesterday in Dublin, gardaí arrested 11 people following an anti-lockdown protest in the city.
# Public Health
Gardaí launching a 'high visibility, nationwide policing plan' this weekend to support health guidelines
The plan will be focused on support for the vulnerable and crime prevention, gardaí said.
# covid policing
Gardaí defend policing of large gatherings during Covid-19
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris warned against ‘serious escalation’ of garda powers to break up house parties in private homes.
# policing
Legislation allowing gardaí enter homes to break up house parties 'unlikely'
The Health Minister has said there is evidence that house parties are resulting in a spread of Covid-19.
# Roads
August bank holiday: Gardaí detect 160 drink and drug drivers and a motorist clocked at 203 km/h
Four people died on the country’s roads over the weekend with 10 people suffering serious injuries.
# policing
Number of garda inspectors to be increased to 500
The move was announced by Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee last night.
# policing
US House of Representatives passes police reform bill after George Floyd death
US President Donald Trump’s administration said he would veto the bill.
# policing
Trump signs executive order on police reform following weeks of protests
The order would establish a database that tracks officers with excessive use of force complaints in their records.
# policing
Gardaí coughed on or spat at in 31 incidents this month, with 'spit hoods' used 15 times
The Garda Commissioner said most people are still compliant with the restrictions.
# policing
Gardaí plan 'thousands' of Covid-19 checkpoints from tomorrow until after the Bank Holiday
Operation Fanacht is set to return after first being implement over the Easter weekend.
# On the beat
Covid-19: New emergency powers for gardaí likely to be signed 'over the weekend'
Under last week’s emergency legislation, the Minister for Health has the power to make further regulations for gardaí to use.
# Drugs
Cannabis worth over €100,000 seized in Cork and Dublin raids
Three men were arrested as part of the garda probe.
# policing
Garda association calls for extra resourcing after 'shocking levels of violence' in recent days
Gardaí have confirmed human remains found in Dublin 3 earlier this week were that of Keane Mulready-Woods.
# non lethal force
Gardaí used pepper spray more than 250 times so far this year
There have been eight instances of Taser use and one report of use of a firearm.
Tom Clonan: Compared with other EU countries, Ireland has a high rate of gun violence - so why is our government so complacent?
Gardai responding to armed incidents are usually unarmed and untrained in firearms.
# garda reform
Taoiseach tells new gardaí: 'Your loyalty is not to the person in the uniform. It is to the uniform and all that it stands for'
A change in the culture of gardaí in which ‘no-one ever hesitates in speaking truth to power’ is needed, according to Leo Varadkar.
# An Garda Síochána
More accountability and support for garda wellbeing: 'Sweeping reform' of policing recommended
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said the Commission on the Future of Policing’s report will benefit the people of Ireland.
# safe and sound
Taylor Swift gigs had highest garda bill for event policing this year
The organisation has collected almost €1 million from organisers to cover policing at concerts, sports matches and other events.
# decriminalisation
Green Party wants to bring Amsterdam-style cannabis coffee shops to Ireland
The party is proposing that criminal offences be removed for people possessing less than five grams of cannabis.
# Injecting Centres
'What it means is that we won't arrest people for carrying heroin': Confusion remains over injection centre policing
Local politicians have called for clarity on what gardai are supposed to do.
# On The Lookout
Community CCTV schemes could be a 'game changer' in helping prevent crime
The Data Commissioner is set to examine the status of community CCTV schemes.
# thin blue line
'Getting to a better place': An additional 800 gardaí will be recruited in 2018
Paschal Donohoe said increased spending on gardaí must go hand in hand with reform in the organisation.
# peregrine watch
PSNI successfully use drones to keep watch over peregrine crime hot-spots
One nest that has been maltreated for the past 30 years was saved as a result of the operation.
# Frontline
'It's Killinaskully policing': Rural gardaí say they've been left decimated by cuts
Despite recruitment restarting, many garda divisions are running at a deficit of members since the crash.
# policing
Ireland 'shouldn't go down US route of splitting security and policing'
The chair of the Future of Policing Commission said splitting security and policing systems might not be the answer to tackling terrorism.
# kathleen o'toole
'This is YOUR police service': Public asked for their input in garda review
“I ask for your thoughts, your frustrations, your experiences, and your ideas,” chair Kathleen O’Toole said.
# breath test scandal
Road safety chief welcomes news that the Garda Traffic Corps is to be reformed
Moyagh Murdock said people had felt let down by recent garda revelations.
# Changing of the guard
The Berlin attack has forced changes to the Changing of the Guard
Police safety measures have been adopted full-time.
# policing
Row breaks out over delay in garda pay for Joe Biden visit
Garda sources say payments were dealt with “on an ad-hoc basis in different regions”.