Post Tagged with: "John O’Keefe"

Launching ‘reassurance bombs’ from The Bridewell

Launching ‘reassurance bombs’ from The Bridewell

Station Watch: THE BRIDEWELL, DUBLIN A Bridewell was originally a ‘prison or reform school of petty offenders.’ Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin to see what a modern ‘Bridewell’ looks like The Central Bridewell, in Dublin, a prison for minor offenders, was built to accommodate 130 prisoners in 1901. The Central Bridewell was then […]

by · March 12, 2019 · Features
Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Station Watch: CAVAN GARDA STATION This month, in the light of an uncertain Brexit, John O’Keeffe went to visit Cavan Garda Station, where he found a team with its feet firmly on the ground when it comes to all aspects of modern policing If you want to meet a garda with border policing running through his veins, you need look […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Features
Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

Station Watch: STPRE STREET, DUBLIN John O’Keeffe recently went to visit the Frontline in Store Street and found a group of gardaí with their eye firmly on the job Store Street is a busy garda station – and I mean busy. Spend 15 minutes in their reception area and you will see what I mean. Probationers will often say that […]

by · January 12, 2019 · Features
Nothing compares…

Nothing compares…

Station Watch: NAAS GARDA STATION, CO. KILDARE Visiting Naas Garda Station was a sheer pleasure according to John O’Keeffe as he met with the spine of the Frontline To observe exactly the work of the Frontline as they go about their daily tasks is always a sight to behold. Immeasurable work by modern standards, but so critical to the support […]

by · December 12, 2018 · Features
“We are the servants of the people… not ourselves”

“We are the servants of the people… not ourselves”

As the new Garda Commissioner settles into his position, Drew Harris speaks to Frontline gardaí and of the exciting opportunities that await its membership In the short time since I had the honour and privilege of taking up the role of Garda Commissioner, the dedication and commitment among garda members to protecting and serving local communities has been palpable. During […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Features
Between a ‘Rock and a hard place

Between a ‘Rock and a hard place

John O’Keeffe visits Frontline gardaí in Blackrock, Co. Dublin and reacquaints himself with old style local policing Nothing much happens when it comes to policing in middle class areas. Right? Wrong. Blackrock Station’s ebullient Superintendent Martin McGonnell is not long putting me straight on this matter – and trust me when you meet a man who has served two tours […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
Community Policing – this is what it means

Community Policing – this is what it means

EDITORIAL: ‘Measurement’ has become big in police forces across the world. Yet how do you actually measure a police officer’s performance in their job? Today, it’s all about numbers and metrics. If you respond to a call very quickly, deal with it, and then take it off the system even more expeditiously, that is a job well done. Frontline gardaí […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Opinion
ERU members appear to be looking heavenward at their training centre as they prepare for the Papal visit.

Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

The Emergency Response Unit is regarded by many as the most elite Unit within the Force. However, when John O’Keeffe spent the week leading up to the Papal visit with them he found humility at their core Mention of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in conversation is likely to meet the type of hushed tones normally reserved for discussions about […]

by · September 20, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
Mr. Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner

New Beginnings

EDITORIAL: September 2018 is a big month for An Garda Síochána. This is the month we welcome our new Commissioner, Mr. Drew Harris, and the GRA is very happy to so do. In doing so, we would like to take this opportunity to also thank Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin for his continued service over the last year. When Mr. […]

by · August 27, 2018 · Opinion
They know the code

They know the code

  EDITORIAL: There has been much media attention in recent times on the Garda Code of Ethics – training on which is now advanced. On completion of training, those who have attended are requested to individually sign a declaration to the effect that they have, “read and understand the Code of Ethics for An Garda Síochána and will adhere to the […]

by · August 25, 2018 · Opinion