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Information about the Policing Authority

The Policing Authority was established as an independent body to oversee the performance of the Garda Síochána in relation to policing services in Ireland. Its key objective is to promote trust and confidence in policing and to help shape policing services for Ireland in the future.

The Authority was established by the enactment of the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015. The Act as passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas can be viewed here. A link to the Minister's Press Release on the passing of the legislation is available here.

The Act provides for an extensive range of functions for the Authority, some of which were previously the responsibility of Government or the Minister for Justice and Equality. The overarching role of the Authority is to oversee the performance by the Garda Síochána of its functions relating to policing services.

Full details of the Authority's functions can be viewed here.

A brief note on the different respective functions of the Policing Authority, GSOC and the Garda Inspectorate are outlined here (As Gaeilge).

The Chairperson of the Authority, Ms Josephine Feehily, was nominated by the Government following a process carried out by the Public Appointments Service and has been engaged in the preparations for the establishment of the Authority.

The Authority is supported by a team of core staff headed up by Ms. Helen Hall, who has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
 

Corporate Governance

Good corporate governance is central to the Authority successfully delivering its statutory obligations with integrity. The Authority’s Governance Framework describes the structures, policies and processes that are in place in the Authority to deliver on these obligations and it provides for an objective assessment of management and corporate performance. A number of other governance documents have also been adopted by the Authority and are available to view below:

Policing Authority 2017 Corporate Priorities

Policing Authority Code of Conduct

Practice Note in relation to Canvassing

Policing Authority Standing Orders

Policing Authority Statement of Strategy 2016-18

Customer Charter and Customer Service Action Plan 2017-2019

Complaint Form for use in making a complaint about Authority Members or Staff