Who can be appointed as members of the Inspectorate?
Under Section 115 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Inspectorate shall consist of three members, including a Chief Inspector and at least one woman and one man appointed by the Government. The members shall have served in the police service of another state or have obtained the relevant experience which in the opinion of the Government is suitable for the role of Inspector. A member or former member of the Garda Síochána is not eligible to apply for the position of Inspector.
What is the role of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate?
The role of the Inspectorate is to promote excellence and accountability in the Garda Síochána by ensuring that the resources available to the Garda Síochána are used to achieve and maintain the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness in its operation and administration as measured by reference to best international policing practices.
Do the Garda Síochána Inspectorate follow-up on their recommendations?
The Garda Inspectorate request an update from the Garda Síochána on the implementation of recommendations made in previous reports every six months. The latest update is posted on the website under the Publications section of this website under Report Implementation – Status Tables. It should be noted that legislation enacted in December 2015 has amended the Garda Act 2005 to allow the Minister for Justice and Equality or the Policing Authority as may be appropriate, to monitor and assess the measures taken by the Garda Síochána in relation to recommendations contained in a report prepared by the Inspectorate.
What is the current work of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate?
In addition to follow-up work the Garda Inspectorate is currently dealing with a request from the Minister for Justice and Equality to inspect an aspect of the operation and administration of the Garda Síochána. The terms of references for these requests are:
A. Review of Garda Inspectorate’s 'Responding to Child Sexual Abuse' Report
“To carry out a follow-up review of the Garda Inspectorates seventh report 'Responding to Child Sexual Abuse' which reported on Garda arrangements for dealing with allegation of sexual abuse of children and report to the Minister. The follow-up review should include:
- Progress in implementing the recommendations of the report
- Initiatives undertaken by the Garda Síochána since the original inspection
- The operational and strategic impact of the new Garda policy on the investigation of child sexual abuse
- The impact of the revised Children First Guidance as it relates to joint working arrangements.”
Does the Garda Inspectorate investigate complaints against members of the Garda Síochána?
No. The Garda Síochána Inspectorate has no statutory power to investigate a complaint against any member of the Garda Síochána. Such investigations are a matter for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission which was also established under the Garda Síochána Act 2005. The Commission maybe contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or LoCall 1890 600 800.
Can members of the public contact the Garda Síochána Inspectorate with their views or comments on the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána?
Yes. The Garda Síochána Inspectorate welcomes the views of members of the public, especially suggestions on how policing can be improved in their communities.
How do I contact the Garda Síochána Inspectorate?