Wednesday 23 August 2017

Paul Williams: Latest Garda Inspectorate review details culture of self-preservation

The station crest lies on the ground outside the former Garda station in Greashill, Co Offaly
The station crest lies on the ground outside the former Garda station in Greashill, Co Offaly

Paul Williams

The Garda Inspectorate's latest review of the garda force, 'Changing Policing in Ireland', provides a bleak evaluation of the organisation from top to bottom.

One of the overarching and disturbing conclusions in this forensic 384-page report is that it confirms the existence of a gulf between a top-heavy, self-interested management and the gardaí on the front line.

The offices in HQ are crammed with administrative staff while on the ground hard-pressed, grossly under-resourced gardaí complain of low morale and a sense that they are under-valued by the brass.

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