Friday 22 June 2018

Gardai log mistaken 'sightings' of dead people

Gardai said a number of people went into Lidl, filled a trolley and walked out without paying. (stock photo)
Gardai said a number of people went into Lidl, filled a trolley and walked out without paying. (stock photo)
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Gardai mistakenly recorded intelligence on dead people on the force's Pulse system, according to an internal review of crime data.

The intelligence logged on the Garda computer system included purported sightings or movements of homicide victims who were not actually recorded as "deceased" on the system. The startling findings were uncovered during an internal review of crime data from 2003 to 2016 ordered by the Garda Commissioner after scathing criticism of the force's homicide statistics.

The internal review is believed to have identified more than 200 people who died as a result of homicide over the 13-year period, but who were not officially recorded as "deceased" on Pulse.

The review is also believed to have identified in excess of 100 people who were listed on the system under road traffic fatalities but who were not officially recorded as deceased on Pulse. One explanation for the oversights are that the deaths may have occurred sometime after the incidents were recorded and the system was not updated.

Garda chiefs were informed of the homicide issues last week and asked to correct data in their areas.

Sunday Independent

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