Saturday 3 December 2016

Garda HQ needs to rethink business-like approach to crime

Paul Williams

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan

The decision by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to resume the publication of the Garda crime figures leaves one major question - can the figures be trusted to give us a true and honest picture of the scale of law-breaking in our society and the Garda efforts to detect it?

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And the short answer, based on what we heard yesterday, and from past experience, is an emphatic no. The CSO took the unprecedented step of suspending publication of the crime data last year following a damning Garda Inspectorate report into the way the force was compiling data.

The independent Inspectorate found that gardaí were under-recording crime, while also exaggerating the force's success in detecting crime.

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