'Gardaí should talk over errors, not be disciplined'
Members of An Garda Síochána who have made minor routine mistakes should be dealt with through mentoring rather than face disciplinary action, delegates at a major Garda conference have argued.
Delegates also backed a proposal that counselling should be mandatory for gardaí who have suffered traumatic experiences when dealing with serious incidents.
Wicklow delegate and experienced crime investigator Fergus O'Brien told the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) in Killarney yesterday that the O'Higgins Commission had stated that disciplinary sanctions should be reserved for issues like misconduct and not used for minor errors. He said experienced officers should all adopt mentoring roles and talk to young gardaí who had made an error, to point out and discuss the mistake.
Mr O'Brien said welfare was a big issue in the force and a concern for the AGSI.