Eamon Delaney: The gardai are failing to meet the challenges of this century
In an increasingly violent society, we need a police force that is fit for purpose, writes Eamon Delaney
NOW that we are trying to make everything 'fit for purpose', so to speak, on the back of our recent economic and -- let's face it -- national crisis, isn't it time we looked at the our police force, especially in light of recent controversies about street crime, drug use and anti-social behaviour.
We have rightly been running the ruler over national institutions and regulatory bodies and trying to make them efficient, modern, robust and value for money, so maybe it's time we did the same with the gardai.
Our police force -- utterly professional and unarmed, even in the face of an armed conflict up North -- is a tremendous asset, with an impressive track record in terms of the detection of serious crime, fraud and with an intimate engagement with local community life.