Tuesday 25 July 2017

Gardai to be randomly tested for illegal drugs and alcohol

It comes after a devastating week for the force’s reputation Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A
It comes after a devastating week for the force’s reputation Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A

Cathal McMahon & Independent.ie Newsdesk

Gardaí face random drugs and alcohol testing as part of a new programme, it has emerged.

It comes after a devastating week for the force’s reputation in which Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan warned the scandal over a million phantom breath tests and 14,700 wrongful convictions would not be the last.

A spokesman told independent.ie that "the introduction to drugs and alcohol testing programme is not yet complete". 

"It will, when implemented involve random testing of Garda Members and there is a consultation process ongoing involving the Garda associations.

"The Garda’s Modernisation and Renewal programme is informed by the various Inspectorate reports and recommendations."

Furthermore, the Irish Independent has previously revealed that senior crime analysts launched a major review into An Garda Síochána’s murder statistics.

The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) is probing whether more than 40 homicide cases have been wrongly classified.

Among cases being examined are ones involving missing persons, murder-suicides and the deaths of a small number of children.

Meanwhile, mid-ranking Gardaí have demanded an explanation after members were allegedly asked to amend recorded checkpoint figures from six years ago.

A mail, sent to all members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and seen by Independent.ie, reveals that members were contacted by the Garda Information Services Centre in recent days with a list of checkpoint incidents to be changed.

The confidential correspondence was written by AGSI general secretary John Jacob and sent to sergeants and inspectors on Friday afternoon.

Ms O’Sullivan is still facing the prospect of a vote of no confidence in the Dáil later this month following the revelations surrounding traffic figures.

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