Thursday 21 November 2019

Garda Commissioner: Gardai to recruit more data analysts

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Noirin O'Sullivan
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has confirmed that gardai had launched an investigation into harassment of members of the force on social media and in person.

The attacks are understood to be focused on gardai involved in policing water protests in Dublin.

Ms O'Sullivan was speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Trim.

She said investigating officers would take appropriate action when the facts of the cases had been established.

Earlier, AGSI's president Tim Galvin had revealed how photographs of gardai had been published on social media outlets, with requests to users to provide their names and addresses and where their children went to school.

Reacting to conference motions seeking proper tactical training for detectives, she said this was under review as part of an overall look at the use of firearms and an updating of policies.

She said it had been a very challenging and interesting week for the gardai with the conclusions of the Graham Dwyer and Ian Bailey cases and the publication of the report into the death of Father Niall Molloy.

In each case, she said, everyone had to remember the impact on the families of those involved.

She said the Dwyer case had shown the commitment, dedication and professionalism of the investigating gardai.

She said there should be greater use of data analytics and at the moment the gardai were going to the marketplace to recruit more analysts.

The garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier remained live and it was a source of regret to the force that nobody had yet been brought to justice.

Ms O'Sullivan said the force needed 325 recruits a year to offset the losses through retirements, deaths and resignations.

She was confident there would be an ongoing trickle of recruitment and she believed this would continue and numbers would increase.

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