From left: Noel Brett, Helen Hall, Chief Executive of the Policing Authority and Josephine Feehily, chairwomen of the Policing Authority in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle at a Policing Authority meeting with the Garda members last April
So, about those Garda reforms.
…In a strongly-worded report ]the Policing Authority] it said that if An Garda Síochána does not pause to reconsider the way its efforts and resources are being directed, then it is of the view that a continuation of the current activity will not deliver the fundamental reform envisaged.
Neither, it says, will it deliver an improvement in the quality of working life for those within An Garda Síochána, or an effective, responsive, modern policing service for communities….
The authority said there has been no clarity as to how the gardaí is using an increase in garda numbers of 800 each year to produce more effective, responsive policing….
…Under training, the authority gave the example that up to 800 gardaí are sworn in a year without the ability to operate garda vehicles as it is not included in their basic training.