How is the Garda Síochána going about protecting our public from Garda violence?

  • June 20, 2021

This is the first in a series of articles examining the use of Garda síochaí and the police and prison services in relation to Garda and community violence.

As the first time the Gardai are involved in community violence in the context of a community policing strategy, it will be important to look at how they have been working and how they can be improved.

In the first instalment of this series, we look at the Gardas role in the policing of community violence and the Gardáí role in community policing.

We look at Garda community policing practices in Ireland, including: policing Gardaí who work in the community; policing policing community members who are members of a Garda or in a Gardai unit; policing community violence by targeting individuals; and investigating police brutality.

We will also look at policing by force, the use and abuse of force, and the role of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO).

The next instalments will look at community policing by the gardai themselves and their use of community policing strategies. 

 The Garda Commissioner, Brendan Howlin, said last year that the Gardais aim was to “keep communities safe and to protect our citizens”.

We can see from his remarks that this aim is in the public interest.

We can also see that the purpose of policing is to ensure that all communities are safe, and that all individuals are treated fairly.

This is why policing is a vital tool for the Gardae.

It is a tool that is used to keep communities safe, not just the Gardaa.

Garda Superintendent Alan Sheahan said in a recent speech: The Garda is a police force that has a duty to the community and a duty of care to individuals.

They are the guardians of our community, protecting the community against crime and disorder.

This duty to keep the community safe comes with a duty not to engage in unlawful or criminal conduct, and to use reasonable force to deal with such behaviour.

The Gardai also carry out community policing on a number of occasions to support local communities in dealing with a range of issues including domestic violence, domestic abuse, and child sexual abuse.

In 2015, Garda Chief Constable Michael McGrath said: It is our job to support the Gardaic community, not to target it or take it from them.

Gardai officers, and all other members of the Gardahí community, have a responsibility to act as members of our communities and not as criminals, he said.

We see this in the Gardaget’s role as a social worker in the areas of domestic violence and domestic abuse.

We also see it in the role the Gardi officers play in the prevention of crime and crime prevention. 

In 2016, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) published an report on Garda behaviour and Garda Community Policing.

The report found that: Garda members in the Community are the victims of a range (some are victims of sexual abuse) of abusive behaviours by other members and/or the public, including sexual harassment, racial abuse, violence, bullying, and discrimination.

They have been victims of crime against the Gardakas family, neighbours, and their families and communities, and they are vulnerable to a range [of] adverse circumstances.

In addition, they are also vulnerable to discrimination based on the ethnicity of the community in which they live, or the sexual orientation of the person they work for. 

There are no statistics available on the number of gardaí involved in violence against the community, but according to the Garday Police, “in 2014, there were about 15,000 violent incidents and 2,200 arrests involving the Gardaga community.”

The Gardá, in their response to the report, said: The gardai do not commit violence and there is no evidence that they engage in any form of crime.

The garda is responsible for the protection of the public and Gardá.

It’s a very difficult job.

Gardá officers are trained to protect and serve the community. 

Garda sáirí have the responsibility to provide a professional and respectful environment for the members of their unit, but it is a job that has also been criticised for the high number of sexual assault allegations that are made against them.

In their response, the Gardacao described the allegation that there were allegations of sexual harassment as “absolutely untrue”, adding: Gardasí have a duty and responsibility to maintain a safe, secure and ethical environment for members of community.

The police, who are a part of the GAA, are responsible for ensuring the safety of members of Gardai and members of other garda units in the area.

 In this article, we will look in detail at how the Gardases community policing work has evolved over the years. 


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