Policing by Numbers

Jim Cusack writing in the Sunday Independent states ” A Garda management obsession with statistics and a completely wrong system of assessing Garda performance has created a crisis in policing.  A number of serving / retired Gardai who spoke last week about the “main” problems the force faces referred not to the resources or numbers of Gardai, but to the Human Resource polices put in place in the 1900s.

Read the Irish Independent article, click – HEREJim Cusack

3 Responses to Policing by Numbers

  1. Eugene May 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    This article by Jim Cusack is absolutely correct in every aspect. Management only wanted a return of work from members every week. A District Officer once accused me of being useless,after he asked me what I had been doing on a particular day. I informed him that I had visited a few isolated old people and had tea with them . He thaught that I was doing nothing. If one was not persucating someone it was no good. Also far too many office men got promoted, and most of them hadn’t a clue how to police . It was hard to beat the Garda that got out among the public, played football with them, drank a few pints with them, and got the little bit of information now and again when it was important to do so. Most of the officers could not see the bigger picture. They were only thinking of themselves, and not having to answer difficult questions to superiors.

  2. LaytownPops May 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Agree entirely – I started up a Community Policing programme in a tough area of the the north east back in the early 1990s.

    The area was heavily republican and we had a lot of rebuilding to do to regain the trust of the community.

    However, one of the first things I was told was to keep up my monthly number of ‘offences’.

    The whole concept of Community Policing was lost on some of them – it was only about offences.

    Big question, will anything change…………?

    Brian K

  3. patrick joseph mc May 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    There is room for everyone in the GARDAI except a blackgaurd. It is the combination of talent that counts. In the past, I never saw a problem that the Gardai could not solve. Trust is the most essential ingredient and it works both ways. In the May Pioneer MAGAZINE there is an abridged transcript of a a speech by Denis Bradley former chairperson of the PSNI Northern IRELAND Drugs Committee and BBC Broadcasting Council. He covers quite a lot of ground including being asked to speak to a group of nurses on the ground. He said there was nothing he could tell them that they did not know already. The astounding thing was how little use was made of their knowledge by statutory bodies and professionals. The same principal applies to Gardai and others at the coalface. Theory rarely works in practise and no computer or answering machine can replace the reassuring human face in time of crisis.

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