Saturday 16 December 2017

The Yates Anthology: Only an outsider can shake up Garda force

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The 'Changing Policing in Ireland' report excoriates senior Garda management. Yet again, Bob Olson and the Garda Inspectorate who compiled it expose how outdated, inefficient and lacking in technology our police force is.

In a litany of withering criticism it highlights out-of-date technology. All told, one would surmise that there's no hiding place for our top cops. The deployment of front-line gardaí in Dublin depletes the numbers available for community policing. It also underlines how the Government made an egregious error in not appointing a foreigner as Garda Commissioner.

To change the culture from the top down, you must recruit a complete outsider to shake up the higher tiers to eradicate any chance of the "this is the way we always do things" mentality taking hold.

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