The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland
The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland was established by the Government in May 2017. The Commission has a broad terms of reference and is essentially tasked with reviewing the entire basis of policing in Ireland and, on the basis of its findings, to bring forward to the Government proposals for the future of policing. The Commission is due to report by September 2018.
An important stage of the Commission’s work invited submissions from the public. As part of this, Michael J. Staines & Co made detailed submissions on what we believe to be the key areas for reform within An Garda Síochána. We set out below a summary of our submissions.
As criminal defence solicitors, we engage with An Garda Síochána on a daily basis. We acknowledge that the Gardaí play a vital role in our society in upholding the laws of our country and, as part of the criminal justice system, form a key part in a successful, functioning democracy. However, we believe that there are various improvements which could be made to An Garda Síochána in order to continually strive to ensure that we have a fair and balanced system of policing in our country. A properly functioning police force protects both the interests of the individuals who come into contact with An Garda Síochána, and the members of An Garda Síochána themselves.
The following is a summary of the headline areas which we highlighted, in more detail, to the Commission for its consideration:
A. Accountability within Garda Stations
B. Improved efficiency and use of resources
C. Interaction with juveniles