Sunday 23 July 2017

Gardaí can finally say goodbye to paperwork and look forward to taking on criminals with tech

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the launch of the Modernisation and Renewal Programme. Photo: Damien Eagers
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the launch of the Modernisation and Renewal Programme. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

After 43 reports of criticisms, recommendations and proposals over the past decade, An Garda Síochána looked in danger of death by reform.

The Garda needed to divert the attention of a large group of officers away from policing duties to studying reform like the proverbial hole in the head. But Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and her team have produced a 120-page report that sets out a five-year modernisation and renewal programme.

Much of the report is, by its nature, a broad brush account of what is planned to ensure that the organisation is turned into a 21st century police and security service.

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