Features

Lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action

Body cameras are the new secret weapon of police and they may be coming to a garda station near you soon, writes Robert Block. The role of the modern police officer is fraught with many difficulties. Whilst public support for the gardaí remains positive there will always be the possibility of mistrust of the Force arising due to the occurrence […]

by · October 28, 2014 · Features, Modern Policing, Technology
Abandoned outpost: Has everyone turned their backs on Bailieboro?

Abandoned outpost: Has everyone turned their backs on Bailieboro?

The Guerin Report inadvertently tarnished the reputation of gardaí who have never been asked for their side of the story, writes Neil Ward. The Guerin report was published by the government on 9th May 2014 and examined a range of allegations made by a garda whistleblower, including 10 incidents concerning the investigation of crime by gardaí. The report entitled a […]

by · September 16, 2014 · Features
GRA President PJ Stone

Delayed inquiries deny justice

EDITORIAL Four months on from the publication of the Guerin Report, there is (at the time of going to print) no indication of the terms of reference, or who will comprise the inquiry – to have been established in order to fully investigate the allegations of ‘garda malpractice’ made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe detailed in the report. The impact of […]

by · September 16, 2014 · Editorial, Features
Promote yourself

Promote yourself

Paul Franey breaks down the completion of a competency based interview form into manageable steps. Any member who now wishes to apply for allocation to a specialist unit, or for promotion, will have to complete a competency based application form. While some members are happy to complete these forms, many dread them. Competency based interviewing was introduced for all promotion […]

by · September 13, 2014 · Features
Fools rush in

Fools rush in

EDITORIAL There are deep soundings of ‘sea change’ in the structure and role of An Garda Síochána. So many allegations, controversies and issues have been raised, that the public is reeling at the volume – and few can distil any meaningful analysis. The Guerin Report repeated the allegations made by garda whistleblowers originating from the penalty points system, and the […]

by · July 21, 2014 · Editorial, Features
When frontline policing meets the terrorist threat

When frontline policing meets the terrorist threat

Vigilance is key for gardaí to ensure that a potential terrorist emergency does not become a disaster writes Noel Whelan   As a boy growing up in a military family in Ireland, I was always fascinated by the dedication of An Garda Síochána. I asked my parents many searching questions about the police and crimes on the evening news. They […]

by · July 18, 2014 · Features
Detecting organised crime

Detecting organised crime

Are blue collar criminals changing their shirts to white? In Scandinavia they already have, according to Fredrik Hammarström   Over the last five years Sweden has seen the number of fraud and white collar crimes escalate to new dimensions. The rate of fraud cases has increased from 59,000 to 130,000 – an increase of some 120%. Not only has this […]

by · June 12, 2014 · Features, Modern Policing
King Hit

King Hit

As single hit punches cause injury and death across the country, Tara Geraghty examines this shocking phenomenon A ’king hit’ refers to a sudden forceful punch to the head, neck or chest intended to knock a person unconscious. It is often an unprovoked attack on a defenceless or vulnerable victim and is usually delivered without warning. The one punch assault […]

by · June 12, 2014 · Features
Measuring Garda performance – time for some lateral thinking

Measuring Garda performance – time for some lateral thinking

A garda’s success is often crudely measured for example by the amount of arrests made, yet there is so much more to modern policing writes John O’Keeffe   The difficulty with measuring police performance has been one that has dogged police forces for generations. The very nature of policing is that it often sits in a cloud of subjectivity. One person’s […]

by · May 20, 2014 · Features, Modern Policing
G-Force raised the visibility of LGBT members but find the language issue within An Garda Síochána needs to be addressed.

Mind your language

Homophobia in Ireland has made headlines and the garda organisation needs to address this too, writes a recently retired member “Watch your arses lads!’. Standing outside the (gay) pub on a busy Saturday night queuing to get in.  A yob shouts homophobic abuse to his mates as they walk by the line of gay people. Nobody in the queue reacts. […]