Wednesday 22 August 2018

GSOC wants complaints overhaul

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Robin Schiller

The Garda watchdog wants members of the public to "have a say" if complaints against officers should be investigated by Garda management or the Ombudsman.

Gsoc has called for a radical overhaul of its governing legislation to make the oversight system "fairer and more efficient".

The Garda Ombudsman has sent a detailed submission to the Department of Justice, in which it sets out proposals for legislative change.

The plans include enhancing the independence of the Ombudsman Commission and streamlining the more formal investigative processes.

Gsoc has also stated that complainants should "have a say" in whether local management or the Ombudsman deal with a complaint.

Under the current system many non-criminal complaints can be dealt with by gardaí.

The Garda Ombudsman has said that this policy is "questionable in terms of public confidence, independence and efficiency".

The watchdog also acknowledged its proposals have significant implications for the resourcing of the organisation and stresses that the resourcing of Gsoc will need to be addressed.

Irish Independent

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