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All Rise! Tips on Cross-examining

All Rise! Tips on Cross-examining

If his defence practice has taught him anything, Matthew Holmes says it is how to lose a case. He now offers some tips to gardaí when they are required to cross-examine defendants One of the best ways to lose a case is to call the client in evidence and open them up to cross examination. In the District Court you […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features
Why the long face?

Why the long face?

Claire Keogh examines the evolution of facial expression and involuntary communication Facial expressions are used by people to convey various types of meaning in different contexts. The range of purposes spans basic possible innate socio-emotional concepts such as ‘surprise’ to elaborate and culture-specific ideas such as ‘careless’. Of course, facial expressions and emotions may happen without any particular purpose of […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Modern Policing
Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. Arklow Gardaí Sarah Boland and Siobhan Merrigan take a moment at the stunning Glendalough Lakes

A garden that bears much fruit

This month Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the men and women of Arklow Station in the garden of Ireland and found a Frontline embedded in their communities Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. With a population of some 13,000, Arklow town looks up at its larger metropolitan […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features
Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Just what is it like being a Frontline Garda during the Covid-19 pandemic around the country? Siobhán Moore has one description – awesome Portlaoise is a bustling commuter town which boasts a prison, hospital and according to the last census, a population of over 22,000 people. From a policing perspective, it is busy at the best of times. These are […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Features
Context is King

Context is King

Our overriding priority has always been the communities we serve. And now, that has just gotten a lot more difficult writes Damien McCarthy We have always protected the vulnerable – but now everyone is vulnerable to an invisible enemy. Pearse Street Station is at the epicentre in Dublin 2. The DMR South Central is the biggest Garda Division in the […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Opinion
Gardaí Philip O’Neil, Siobhán Costello, Dáithí Ó’Floinn and Sergeant Mark Daly, pause for a moment before going out on a Covid-19 checkpoint near Mallow.

Mallow Garda Station? It might just be the template

Visiting the beating heart of Cork County, Editor John O’Keeffe couldn’t help but notice a distinct unity of purpose The moment you meet him you’ll like him. That’s always a good start. I’m talking about Superintendent William Duane, chief bottle washer at Mallow Garda Station. And it’s important. To be a well-liked Superintendent is, unsurprisingly, not a given. Duane need […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Features
Police culture & mental health

Police culture & mental health

How does police culture affect the decision-making process of officers following traumatic events asks Alan Campbell? Loyalty is a double-edged sword. While police culture provides a network of supports, keeping quiet or being secretive about any difficulties or problems encountered following trauma is considered an expression and sign of loyalty to the organisation and police culture. However, remaining secretive can […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Welfare, Wellbeing
Policing a Pandemic

Policing a Pandemic

Just how will our service operate in these challenging times? Darren Martin considers In October 1918 a flu pandemic spread across the world which impacted the day to day life of millions. That pandemic resulted in medical and emergency services being stretched to their limits. While the hospitals and staff battled to treat as many of the sick as they […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Features
Garda Matthew Lenehan and Garda Alan O’Hanlon. Exactly the type of young Frontline gardaí you would want calling to you in a crisis

I Just Want to Dance with You…

John O’Keeffe visited Letterkenny Garda Station and met a group of men and women for whom Daniel O’Donnell should usefully write a song Letterkenny is the type of town that surely we would all like to live in if we knew it properly. Small enough to care but big enough to cope, it exudes all the muscular confidence of a […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Features
How will digital policing empower the Frontline?

How will digital policing empower the Frontline?

As new devices or ‘mobile data centres’ are rolled out to gardaí countrywide this year to detect roadside traffic offences, Simon Hall examines the endless possibilities in this digital policing space Earlier this year the National Police Technology Council and the Police ICT Company announced the UK’s first national strategy for police IT. While the National Policing Digital Strategy: Digital, […]

by · March 15, 2020 · Modern Policing, Technology