Extent of problems in recording and classifying crime is very worrying
The latest report from the independent Central Statistics Office on the under-recording of crime is a timely reminder of the major flaws in the Pulse computer system available to the force.
The findings of the CSO study are not a surprise and underline the deficiencies already revealed in another report from the office last year and an examination carried out by the Garda Inspectorate two years earlier.
In the meantime, the garda authorities and the Department of Justice have taken some preliminary stop-gap action while they await the promised overhaul of the outdated IT tools available to the force.
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