Post Tagged with: "John O’Keeffe"

It’s official: they now want to spy on gardaí

It’s official: they now want to spy on gardaí

The latest government draft bill has now come up with the dysfunctional suggestion that GSOC might spy on gardaí who have become ‘persons of interest’ writes John O’Keeffe   It could well read from the pages of a badly written John Le Carre novel. Then again, not many will have seen the latest pearls from the Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill […]

by · July 18, 2014 · Opinion
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
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 […]

Due process and presumed innocence? Not for a garda

Due process and presumed innocence? Not for a garda

When it comes to basic human rights for gardai, it’s one rule for them and another for everyone else says John O’Keeffe. I could probably highlight a serious garda injustice every week.. On balance I, and this magazine, must highlight the cases where it is felt that not only was a grave disservice done to a garda or gardaí, but […]

by · February 12, 2014 · Opinion
Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

Forget the talk – let’s walk the walk

  An Garda Síochána is at a crossroads argues John O’Keeffe. Either it now properly equips its front line members to deal with violent crime or it loses its core mission – to protect and serve.   The perennial debate of where the modern Irish police force sits shows little sign of abating. In this magazine we raised the issue […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Features, Opinion
Why we just love to hate Love/Hate

Why we just love to hate Love/Hate

Gritty TV dramas are often used as spurious reasons to explain any rise in violent crime says John O’Keeff.   Joe Duffy has been busy over the last while. Then again, Joe Duffy is always busy. Joe is never busier than when RTÉ produces something that is good – amazingly good. When RTÉ churns out some US re-runs all is […]

by · December 9, 2013 · Opinion
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
The veil of anonymity

The veil of anonymity

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by · October 19, 2013 · Features, Welfare
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