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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
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
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 · Modern Policing
Lack of respect for frontline role

Lack of respect for frontline role

Frontline gardaí go into the unknown yet their contribution is undervalued in their remuneration, argues John O’Keeffe   THE British prime minister, David Cameron recently claimed that more police in the UK now work on the ‘frontline’ than at any other time in the Force’s history. Independent analysis would appear to support this proposition. Some 83% operate almost exclusively on […]

by · September 20, 2013 · Features, Modern Policing, Opinion