Garda Capacity to meet current Challenges ?

John O’ Brien, retired Detective Chief Superintendent and GSRMA member, has an interesting article in the Irish Times, Saturday, 17th October.  Under the above heading it reads: “Public disclosure on crime and policing should be led and informed by Gardai themselves.  Policing by it nature takes place on the fault lines of society.  It is adversarial in character, and paradoxiclly it can be incredibly satisfying to its practioners.  It is normal to encounter crisis and challenges.  Gardai walk in harm’s way on a daily basis as part of their services to the community.  Eighty-eight members of the Garda Síochána have given their lives in the service of this State ………..

Read the Irish Times article Does the Garda have capacity to meet the current challenges ?



3 Responses to Garda Capacity to meet current Challenges ?

  1. patrick joseph mc October 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    This should be read along with the articles of Michael Carthy of the 2/13 October ,There is food for thought in each of the articles ,As a person that spent my entire service with my feet on the ground my views will be different as my priority everyday was to get by with dwindling resources and keep the public customers happy. I saw the tools of the trade fade into history as detection gained in importance over prevention. After a number of court decisions the role of the Peace Commissioner to issue summonses warrants save for a warrant under the misuse of drugs disappeared in rare occasions with warrants having to be granted by a Judge sitting in court and the criminal fraternity are not constrained by such actions.The public expect an instant response to their problem.The Garda at ground level is the best public relation weapon but that person is being drowned in paper .Small things ignored bring the rule of law into disrepute and Garda discretion should always take priority over prosecution as it did in former times, the combination of talents is what counts and there is room for all in the Gardai except a Blackguard ,and always remember the story of the lion and the mouse

  2. Eugene October 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    John O’Brien has given us a very comprehensive report on policing in that article. I’m sure the powers that be will read that and say that a lot of that stuff is being followed already. The ordinary man in the street is not really concerned with that, what they want and need urgently is to be able to meet and talk to Gardai on the street and around their homes on a daily basis. I hardly know any of the local Gardai now, they have no interest in talking to the likes of me. They seem to be far too buisy and overworked. Hardly ever do we see any gardai walking the beat in country towns, there are not enough of them there. We need the numbers back up to 15,000 , pay them properly, give them their allowances, give the back the Uzi machine guns. We also need to cut out the ” pussy footing” with the likes of Slab and all his cohorts and put the smuggling of oil and cigarettes ect. Out of business. Where is the Police Authority that was promised.

  3. John Brennan October 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    How many times have we heard Senior Garda Officers insist that despite losing over 2000 in manpower that they have “adequate resources” to provide a police service? It is very obvious to everyone that that is not true. Are they afraid to disturb their political masters by telling the public the true situation?
    Sadly I wouldn’t have much faith in a Police Authority that is packed with Government supporters. The Garda Inspectorate have highlighted many areas where improvements in equipment and systems are necessary and these recommendations have been largely ignored

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