Articles by: gardareview_wp

Sometimes, it’s not in the eye of the beholder

Sometimes, it’s not in the eye of the beholder

When it comes to eyewitness reporting, such evidence may not be as reliable as is believed writes Nicola Mitchell. In 1985 in the US state of Wisconsin, Steven Avery was convicted of the sexual assault of Penny Ann Bernsteen. He was jailed for 32 years based on Bernsteen’s identification of Avery as her assailant, despite Avery’s defence producing 16 alibi […]

by · August 8, 2016 · Features
Promote yourself II

Promote yourself II

After a lengthy public service embargo the competition is tough for promotion and lateral appointments. Sergeant Paul Franey presents a road map for success. The sergeants list was published in May; if your name wasn’t on the list it’s time to start planning the next stage in your career progression. Leaving it to luck, chance or a simple belief it […]

by · August 8, 2016 · Features, Modern Policing, Welfare
Boiling point

Boiling point

Dealing with the public is never an easy task; when you are a garda, further challenges can arise writes Karl Melvin. When dealing with the public it is imperative to remain calm and objective despite the overwhelming emotion that might be projected onto you as a garda. Exposure to intense levels of stress, psychological trauma, substance overload and/or societal pressures, […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Features, Welfare
A crime like no other

A crime like no other

Investigating the serious crime of sexual assault or rape is perhaps one of the most challenging jobs that confronts police forces advises Nicola Mitchell. Rape is a serious violent crime perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women, children, and men. It is the most underreported of all violent crime in the US with only 16-39% of rapes being reported. In England […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Features
You can run but you cannot hide

You can run but you cannot hide

Forensic profiling is now at the cutting edge of police investigations – Sarah-Jane Winders investigates. The field of criminal profiling has fallen victim to pop-culture perceptions, through its frequent depictions in Hollywood movies, television series and novels. Professor David Canter, internationally renowned crime psychologist, stated that the real practice has become embroiled in the myth and reality depicted in the […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Forensics, Modern Policing
The guard and the gun

The guard and the gun

The debate on firearms use has been ongoing since the establishment of the Garda Síochána writes Darren Martin. The Garda Síochána is predominately an unarmed uniformed police force which has served and protected its citizens through the early years of the State, emerging from the violent struggle post-independence, the establishment of the Free State, the civil war, the threats posed […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Features, Modern Policing
Census Night 2016

Census Night 2016

Declan Smyth outlines the close link between the census and policing Members of An Garda Síochána delivered and collected forms in the first census taken by the Irish Free State in 1926; as the police force had done in Ireland under British jurisdiction since 1821. The role of the Force was rolled back for the 1951 census when postmen were […]

by · April 20, 2016 · Features
We Shall Not Forget

We Shall Not Forget

The third general secretary of the Garda Representative Association has quietly retired, but not without leaving his own stamp on the Garda organisation, writes Neil Ward. PJ Stone retired on February 2nd 2016 after more than forty years’ service to An Garda Síochána; but it will not be his policing skills that he will be remembered for – but his […]

by · March 25, 2016 · Features
Taking the leap

Taking the leap

There are benefits to lifelong learning for members through third-level and in-service training courses writes Darren Martin. The Garda College never closed in the last few years; in-service training courses did continue. The college is now seeing the return of new garda members for the first time in many years, with an impressive number of people who still wish to […]

by · March 25, 2016 · Features
The Case for the Gardaí

The Case for the Gardaí

EDITORIAL: Members of this Association clearly did not want to commit to the new Lansdowne Road Agreement that continued the idea of working 30 hours for free each year; for a level of pay restoration that fell short of what those hard hours were worth for each member. That was the clear message when some 86.5% of a significantly high […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Editorial, Features