Monday 11 December 2017

Conroy Commission transformed the force for the better in 1970. Change is due again

One senior garda officer told the Irish Independent last night:
One senior garda officer told the Irish Independent last night: "We understand the focus in the garda divisions will be on allocating senior personnel to take charge of specific functions rather than areas
Michael Carty is a retired Chief Superintendent

Michael Carty

The Guerin Report is just one of the ongoing tsunami of controversies surrounding the Garda Siochana and is a matter of profound concern, not alone for the gardai themselves, but more importantly for the citizens of this country in general. Looking at the situation in the round, a significant number of people may understandably conclude that the Garda as an organisation is experiencing dangerous crises.

This is true, but only in part. On a daily basis, members of the force risk life and limb in ensuring adherence to the rule of law in this State, so that the ordinary law-abiding people can go about their business unhindered and feel assured that any safety or security concerns are looked after.

However, no one can escape the fact that all is not as well as it should be. For a police service to function in an efficient and professional manner it requires full public confidence and the absence of controversial and continual publicity. Recent allegations in terms of unprofess- ional practices, scarce resources, promotion systems, corruption and indiscipline do not auger well.

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