Suspects' PPS details
Q Gardai want suspects who are arrested to provide them with PPS details to help with identification, writes Tom Brady.
The personal public service number is a unique reference that helps people to access social welfare benefits, public services and information.
The annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Sligo heard that several state agencies use the PPS number to identify people, but there was no requirement to provide the details to gardai if a person is arrested.
The garda supervisors want the PPS number of all arrested people to be recorded. The conference heard this would provide major assistance in the execution of court orders.