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 […]

Is the whistleblowing saga powered by hot air?

Is the whistleblowing saga powered by hot air?

To rank and file gardaí, the latest whistleblowing saga appears very much like these things always appear to those who work the frontline – diversionary hot air writes John O’Keeffe. Picture this scene if you will. Tom has been in the Force for 15 years.*  He graduated from Templemore at a time when the Celtic Tiger had begun to lick […]

Blue is the colour – but often with a dash of pink

Blue is the colour – but often with a dash of pink

A modern Garda Síochána now engages positively with the gay community and long may it continue writes Craig Dwyer.   Ireland has seen a huge transformation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in recent times. It is remarkable to think that this year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of decriminalisation – that up to 1993, gay men were […]

by · January 29, 2014 · Modern Policing
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
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