28/05/2010

Gardaí Had 2,000 Complaints

The Gardaí Annual Report has revealed some 2,000 complaints have been made against its members in the past year.

The commission's annual report, announced by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy this morning, shows one garda was convicted and another 146 were disciplined last year following complaints.

Launching the report today, Commissioner Murphy said the report for 2009 outlined the prevention and detection of crime, the protection of national security, and in particular, their day to day work in communities around Ireland.

Commissioner Murphy said: "We in An Garda Síochána have maintained close relationships within the communities we serve over many years. The positive and meaningful partnerships which we foster with our community stakeholders are the lifeblood of effective policing in Ireland."

However, along with a list of Gardaí achievements the report detailed complaints made against officers.

According to the document, around 250 of the allegations related to abuse of authority and another quarter related to neglect of duty, 18% for discourtesy and 15% for non-fatal offences against the person.

The figures were fairly similar to the previous year.

(DW/BMcC)

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