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Statement from Kathleen O’Toole: Chair of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland

Statement from Kathleen O’Toole: Chair of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland
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16 May 2017

I welcome the announcement today by the Tánaiste of the membership of the
Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

An effective police service is a key pillar in a functioning democracy and
must have the full confidence of the community it serves.

Since its foundation, An Garda Síochána has played a crucial role in Irish
society and members have earned the trust and support of those they have
served.

However, like all police services worldwide, An Garda Síochána has not been
immune to the challenges of operating in the 21st Century. I am fully aware
of the very serious controversies that have surfaced, and look forward to
leading the most ambitious review of policing in Ireland since the
foundation of the State. It will provide an opportunity to address major
systemic weaknesses in An Garda Síochána, to identify best practices, and
ultimately to recommend to Government a model fit for 21st Century Irish
policing.

I am privileged that highly distinguished and experienced colleagues from
Ireland and the international community will join me on the Commission.
Their diverse skills and impressive track records will be invaluable in
tackling this work.

We will conduct our work collaboratively and consult widely with the
community and members at all ranks of the police.  We will operate as
efficiently and effectively as possible, with a view to presenting
comprehensive proposals for future policing in Ireland by September 2018. I
welcome the fact that the Commission may bring forward immediate proposals
and rolling recommendations for implementation in the short-term in advance
of the final report.

I will be in contact with my colleagues today and am determined that this
work will begin as soon as possible.