The Future Of Policing


Kathleen O’Toole and Noirin O’Sullivan

Last May, Kathleen O’Toole, Seattle Police Chief and formerly of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate, was appointed to lead the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

This was to be a root and branch review in the wake of  scandals on several fronts within the force.

Criticism was made at the time that Ms O’Toole had, in her previous role in Phoenix Park, helped select Noirin O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner in 2014.

But the appointment went ahead.

Last September, Noirin O’Sullivan stood down as commissioner amid pressure over the slow rate of Garda reform and her own role in the Sgt Maurice McCabe saga.

In October, Ms O’Sullivan was appointed as director of strategic partnerships for Europe with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The IACP is based in Virginia, United States, and has among its executive committee…head of the Commission on Future Policing in Ireland, Kathleen O’Toole.


Previously: The Future Of An GardSiochana


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9 thoughts on “The Future Of Policing

    1. Iwerzon

      The link reads, to me, that O’Toole was trying to control racially motivated expectations and entitlement within her police force. Fair play to her for attempting to nip it in the bud.

  1. Catherine costelloe

    Kathleen could well be the new Commissioner? New fast forwarded legislation to allow person over 55 to apply for post which would suggest they have a candidate in mind? Ms o Toole has toured Ireland on future of policing and I have heard positive comments from victims who met her.

  2. Catherine costelloe

    Maybe Kathleen is our new Commissioner? The government has fast tracked legislation to enable candidates over 55 to apply for the post . I heard some very positive comments from victims who met her on her tour of open meetings on the future of policing. Time will tell.

  3. Johnny Keenan

    Can we just accept that we are the unofficial 51st state of America?

    The only difference is our cops don’t have guns. Yet!!!

    Still I feel it’s not said often enough.

    Can America just Fupp right off!!!

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