Saturday 25 March 2017

Malingering among our gardaí must be arrested

Gardaí in TV3’s drama Red Rock. But we need to make sure our gardaí are doing more than just acting the part
Gardaí in TV3’s drama Red Rock. But we need to make sure our gardaí are doing more than just acting the part

Gerry O'Regan

What might be described as "slagging off the cops" is something of a national pastime in certain quarters in Ireland. All too often the comments are seriously ill-informed or are a cloak for some form of personal agenda.

And, in the case of many of us who observe from a removed distance An Garda Síochána going about their business, our observations on modern-day policing also run the risk of being over-simplistic.

For example, the often plaintive cry "we should have more gardaí on the ground'', may make little sense in the modern era of sophisticated, computerised technologies.

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