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Thursday 17 April 2014

Commissioner denies crimes not being investigated if victims don’t sign statement

GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan has denied suggestions that crimes were not being investigated if victims did not make a signed statement.

And he said he had been assured by John Parker, the president of the Garda Representative Association that there was no evidence to suggest that the crime figures were being massaged.

 

Mr Callinan was speaking before he addressed the association's annual conference in Westport where there had been allegations last night that some crimes were not being investigated and crime statistics were being massaged by reclassifying certain offences.

 

The commissioner said when he arrived in Westport he immediately sought clarification from Mr Parker about the reclassification of crimes.

 

He said he had been told that there was no information to indicate that anything wrong had   taken place and he was relieved to hear that.

 

Mr Callinan said he was satisfied that all incidents were being investigated fully and people were being brought before the courts and he knew, "for a fact" that this was the case.

 

He also made it clear that allegations that some crimes were being ignored if the victim did not make a statement were "not true" and he believed the assurance from Mr Parker had put an end to the controversy that had raged over statistics for the previous 24 hours.

 

Gardai who were called out to investigate a crime decided what category it should be put in and there was also an independent oversight of that process, he added.

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