Sunday 26 February 2017

Policing by numbers lets real criminals off hook

Garda management's obsession with HR-led policing policies is a sham and a nonsense, writes Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Gardai say that a management obsession with statistics and a completely wrong system of assessing garda performance has created a crisis in policing
Gardai say that a management obsession with statistics and a completely wrong system of assessing garda performance has created a crisis in policing

Gardai say that a management obsession with statistics and a completely wrong system of assessing garda performance has created a crisis in policing.

A number of serving and retired gardai who spoke last week about the 'main' problems the force faces referred not to resources or numbers of gardai, but to the "human resource" policies put in place in the 1990s. The key catch-phrase in this new HR-driven policing was "performance indicator".

Garda management became obsessed with the HR doctrine under which policing success could be 'measured' using the same quasi-scientific method of job evaluation that was first applied in assembly line production in the US.

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