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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
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 05:  A Mercedes-Benz  F 015 autonomous driving automobile is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz press event at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the 2015 International CES on January 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 6-9 and is expected to feature 3,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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
Total recall

Total recall

The super recogniser could be the ultimate police weapon to fight crime writes John O’Keeffe. What’s your earliest memory? Sitting on your father’s knee at four years of age? Attending your second cousin’s confirmation as a kid? Perhaps it is something as mundane as being in a mobile home in Wexford with your parents as a five-year-old with rain pelting […]

by · December 15, 2016 · Modern Policing
Lest we forget

Lest we forget

It is well established that gardaí need to exercise exceptional mental resilience in their daily work writes Conor Nolan. Have no doubt about it, policing is a job for the mentally tough. It is widely acknowledged that members of An Garda Síochána are expected to deal with an increasing number of potentially traumatic incidents than at any time in recent […]

by · October 7, 2016 · Opinion, Welfare
ARMED CHECKPOINT: Uniformed members of An Garda Síochána, supported by armed SDU officers mount a checkpoint on Kildare Road, Crumlin on 23 July 2016.

Cults by any other name

Understanding how criminal gangs come about and what motivates them is essential if they are to be eliminated writes John O’Keeffe. Dealing with gangs in Dublin and around the country is perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing gardaí in Ireland today. Their killings appear random and unplanned, their motivations scattered and incoherent. Yet men keep dying in hails of […]

by · September 15, 2016 · Modern Policing