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Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

  An Garda Síochána is at a crossroads argues John O’Keeffe. Either it now properly equips its front line members to deal with violent crime or it loses its core mission – to protect and serve.   The perennial debate of where the modern Irish police force sits shows little sign of abating. In this magazine we raised the issue […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Features, Opinion
The funeral of Sharon Whelan (30), and her two daughters, Zara (7) and Nadia (2).

When words have no meaning

On Christmas Day five years ago John Whelan’s sister and two nieces were murdered. He now reflects on how at times of such unimaginable trauma, the criminal justice system continues to frustrate both garda and survivors alike   When you stand at my parents front door and you look down the valley towards the town of Callan Co Kilkenny, you […]

by · December 16, 2013 · Features
Christmas is one day only

Christmas is one day only

It is easier said than done, but it is definitely possible to decide that Christmas really is one day only, merely a date on the calendar writes Mary Hogan     “A ray of hope flickers in the sky/A tiny star lights up way up high…” Christmas is a magical, fairytale, spiritual time for countless people, most especially for families […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Features, Welfare
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Drone

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Drone

Unmanned Aircraft Systems or ‘Drones’ will soon present new opportunities for policing in Ireland writes John O’Keeffe.   MODERN POLICING: The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or ‘Drones’ industry has expanded considerably over the past number of years and what was once a technology reserved largely for the military is now finding new roles in civilian applications including policing and emergency services. […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Technology
A road less travelled

A road less travelled

Promoting trust and confidence between the Traveller community and the gardaí is essential to modern policing writes Martin Collins   PAVEE Point Traveller and Roma Centre is a non-governmental organisation committed to the attainment of human rights for Irish Travellers and Roma. The group is comprised of Travellers and Roma and members of the majority settled population working together in […]

by · December 2, 2013 · Features, Opinion
Alternative opportunities to shape modern policing

Alternative opportunities to shape modern policing

EDITORIAL: Mature democratic countries around the world are all looking at ways to encourage citizen engagement and participation; Ireland included. Newly emerging democracies have a clear collective memory of the struggle to attain suffrage, and the process by which the legitimate voice of a one member – one vote – one value principle, was come by. However, as a democratic […]

by · November 20, 2013 · Editorial, Features
Photo by Ian Redican

Uniform Irregularity

EDITORIAL: Within the root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána that was planned to open last month, the debate on the garda uniform needs to be re-examined. The uniform, by definition, is distinctive clothing worn by members of the same organisation that unites and identifies those people. It also creates and reflects an image of the role they perform in society. […]

by · October 30, 2013 · Editorial
Media bypass

Media bypass

Social media is a direct route to telling the public stories of positive policing and engagement with the community, writes Neil Ward   A common perception of members is that positive stories of good policing do not make it to the national news, and there is more than a grain of truth in this. The news values and news framing […]

by · October 23, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Technology
The veil of anonymity

The veil of anonymity

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by · October 19, 2013 · Features, Welfare
Help the aged

Help the aged

As our population ages, dealing with the safety of the elderly is becoming a core part of a garda’s job writes Sean Moynihan   ALONE, an organisation which supports, befriends and provides homes for older people in need, was founded over 35 years ago by Dublin fireman Willie Bermingham, who, during the course of his duty in the cold winter […]

by · October 13, 2013 · Community, Features, Welfare