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Body worn cameras could lead to fewer complaints and reduced assaults

Body worn cameras could lead to fewer complaints and reduced assaults

Greater accountability and a rising tide of assaults on our members have been the conversation of the past ten years. In policing issues affecting frontline gardaí these have been the big two causes of stress and consternation; and well documented across the public sphere. Being subject to investigation when you don’t actually know who has accused you and what you […]

Evo-FIT: Facial Recognition System

Evo-FIT: Facial Recognition System

A new facial recognition system makes it easier and simpler for witnesses to identify suspects writes Neil Ward. “I’d know them if I saw them again” is a common statement from witnesses who do not have the words to describe the facial features they hold in their visual memory. Eskimos might well have 20 words for snow, but we don’t […]

by · April 9, 2015 · Modern Policing, Technology
Preventing tragedy

Preventing tragedy

Having lost her family at the hands of a suicidal driver, Elber Twomey believes that the introduction of Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training will equip gardaí with the necessary skills to deal with suicidal people and may prevent further tragedies. The blame for my family’s death didn’t just rest with the man who killed them. It was shared with the […]

by · February 18, 2015 · Opinion, Welfare
Cold case: Killed in the line of duty

Cold case: Killed in the line of duty

No one was ever convicted for the murder of Guard Thomas Dowling in 1925, James Durney examines the details of the case. It is not only in the present day that garda personnel are at risk to violent criminals. From the very foundation of the State in 1922, members of the police force have been under violent attack with the […]

by · December 11, 2014 · Modern Policing
The changing face of Irish gangsters

The changing face of Irish gangsters

Niamh Hourigan examines the true nature of gang crime in Ireland today and asks, has anything really changed post-austerity? At the time that my last book Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change was published in 2011, Limerick city still retained its national and international reputation as a hotbed of gangland activity. The city had the highest rate of social housing […]

by · November 25, 2014 · Features, Modern Policing
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
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
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. […]

Take my breath away

Take my breath away

A recent case means gardaí should now be more careful than ever when approaching a drink driving suspect for a breath sample in a garda station, says Kenny Kerins BL   Until the recent judgement in D.P.P. v Cagney [2013] IESC 13 in the Supreme Court the prosecution of a refusal/failure in a Garda station in a drink driving case […]