Post Tagged with: "John O’Keefe"

“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
Time to defend the defenders

Time to defend the defenders

  EDITORIAL: A recent report suggests that Ireland is deficient in addressing ‘hate crime.’ Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to how our judicial system views assaults on the Frontline men and women of An Garda Síochána. The reality is that prison sentences for assaults on gardaí are not handed down of sufficient length to deter this type of […]

by · July 25, 2018 · Opinion
Today’s storm is tomorrow’s gentle breeze

Today’s storm is tomorrow’s gentle breeze

Dublin North Central has a reputation for being the epicentre of the country’s drug problem. However, when John O’Keeffe met the gardaí who work the Frontline there, he discovered a much richer tapestry By John O’Keeffe Let us leave drugs issues aside for one moment when talking about DMR North Central Division of An Garda Síochána. Firstly, this place is […]

by · May 27, 2018 · Features
A Parallel Universe

A Parallel Universe

As John O’Keeffe discovered on St. Patrick’s Day, there are two Dublin’s living side by side. In one, thousands are enjoying enjoying a wonderful day in the City Centre. In the other, a drug culture of biblical proportions rages in Dublin North Central.Wedged between these two worlds are the men and women of An Garda Síochána, providing a service to […]

by · March 18, 2018 · Features
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