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Future Of Policing Report Recommends Overhaul Of Garda Watchdog


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The Commission on the future of Policing in Ireland is calling for an overhaul of the garda watchdog, GSOC.

It’s recommended a number of major changes to the way An Garda Siochána operate in a long awaited report published this afternoon.

They want to see the Garda Ombudsman get a new name and new remit to copper-fasten its independence.

Under the proposals, the new body will carry out investigations so that gardai will no longer be investigating themselves.

The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland has made 50 recommendations to improve the force.

Among these are that there should be a new Strategic Threat Assessment Centre headed by a National Security Coordinator.

It also recommends that Gardai should wear body cameras and that improvements should be made to technology.

Working with communities, diversity and education are also areas that have been highlighted as needing attention.

The Garda Commisioner, Drew Harris, has welcomed the report which he said "will be the roadmap for our policing partners and An Garda Síochána for the next three to five years".

"Some of the recommendations outline significant cultural, staffing, structural and system changes. As such, it is important that we carefully consider the implementation of this report", he said.


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