Wednesday 28 June 2017

No answers on why serious crimes 'reclassified' by gardai

Policing Authority says the manipulation of figures has undermined public confidence in the force

Quizzed: Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan pictured at a public meeting of the Policing Authority at Dublin Castle. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins
Quizzed: Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan pictured at a public meeting of the Policing Authority at Dublin Castle. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

In 2012 an unidentified Garda sergeant 'reclassified' unsolved crimes including rapes and sexual assaults over the previous 14 years to 'less serious' offences.

Although the incident is recorded in the 2014 report by the independent watchdog body, the Garda Inspectorate, (part 5, page 21, 'Crime Investigation') no known internal investigation has taken place into this serious act.

An account of the incident is one of a series of such incidents recorded by the Inspectorate which found widespread manipulation of crime figures which last week led to expressions of concern by the Policing Authority at its public meeting with Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan.

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