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Data matters

Data matters

The new Data Protection Regulation Directive will have implications for us all – not least on members of An Garda Síochána writes Darren Martin In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation Directive and the Law Enforcement Directive come into effect. The Directives deal with how an individual’s personal data is processed, used and disseminated through both private business as […]

by · March 20, 2018 · Technology
The banality of evil

The banality of evil

As gardaí will know too well, those who commit heinous crimes can often appear the most ordinary writes David Carey We demonise violent criminals, arsonists and paedophiles. We need to turn them into something that is totally unlike us. We cannot fathom the nature of their crimes, some of them depraved and unspeakable (like the one I will outline below). […]

by · February 8, 2018 · Welfare
A force for good

A force for good

Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell reflects on the true nature of An Garda Síochána and its unsung heroes and heroines My great grandfather, James Kirwan, was a police man; a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary from the early 20th century until partition in 1922. He served as sergeant in Bohola, went on to serve in Cleggan, became drill master in Dublin, […]

by · February 7, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
Policing remains a numbers game

Policing remains a numbers game

John O’Keeffe examines garda strength at the close of 2017 and advises that we continue to fall way short of the mark As of November 2017, there were 13,381 sworn members of An Garda Síochána, with some 11,000 members at garda rank. Depending on who in government or garda management you choose to believe, our numbers are at best, right […]

by · December 18, 2017 · Features, Modern Policing
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Who’s in control?

While autonomous cars are evolving, what are the future road traffic policing concerns asks Darren Martin The invention of the mechanically propelled vehicle could be argued to have greatly influenced modern societies in any number of ways. When the first motor vehicles came onto our roads they were the preserve of the rich and/or the military. When first established An […]

by · October 25, 2017 · Modern Policing, Technology
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Modern Policing: It’s a multidisciplinary thing

There is much debate as to what the core challenges facing policing today are. Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay considers the options Criminal justice faces ever more challenges from society. These challenges occur at a time of budget cuts in various police forces. Where official figures show a drop in police recorded crime, the distribution of crime shows a more complex pattern with […]

by · October 25, 2017 · Modern Policing
Occupational burnout

Occupational burnout

Few professions create burnout more than that of a police officer writes Finian Fallon – but the frontline too can find their inner Zen Burnout refers a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion, which can be caused by too much exposure to stress over a period of time. Burnout occurs in many people who work in different professions. For […]

by · August 3, 2017 · Welfare
Taking the high road

Taking the high road

With the drug drive testing roll out, Robert Block takes a look at the true effectiveness of drug driving enforcement   The introduction of legislation to combat drug driving, namely the amendments found in the Road Traffic Act, 2016, is a significant conceptual evolution in how the gardaí tackle driving offences. Whereas the focus had primarily been on alcohol as […]

by · August 3, 2017 · Features, Modern Policing
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Who protects the protectors?

Gardaí have to consider the mental health of those they encounter every day – but what of their own mental well-being asks John O’Keeffe On a day-to-day basis, members of An Garda Síochána are tasked with the most onerous of jobs. We require them to be social workers, counsellors, psychologists and also police officers. They are routinely abused by a […]

by · May 10, 2017 · Features, Modern Policing
The only thing to fear? Fear itself

The only thing to fear? Fear itself

Gardaí feel fear like everyone else; honing physiques and not considering the mental component is to miss the point, writes Aidan Carroll Many people take to the gym to practice techniques and lift weights in a bid to build a stronger physique. Whilst developing a faster punch and a chiseled six-pack, they often ignore the most important part of training; […]

by · January 25, 2017 · Modern Policing, Welfare