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Policing Authority's report on the Fennelly Commission
The Report of the Fennelly Commission (Commission of Investigation) Certain Matters Relevant to An Garda Síochána and other Persons) was published on 6 April 2017 (“the Fennelly Report”). The Fennelly Report was formally referred to the Policing Authority by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on 12 April 2017, under section 62O(6) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, for the Authority to oversee those recommendations in the Report that were outside of the Department’s remit and to report to the Minister on a quarterly basis.

The Policing Authority's first quarterly report outlining its consideration of the progress of implementation of those recommendations by the Garda Síochána was provided to the Minister for Justice and Equality on 1 November 2017.

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Interim Internal Audit reports in relation to the Garda Training College
Interim Internal Audit report in relation to the Garda Training College - October 2017
Interim Internal Audit report in relation to the Garda Training College - July 2017

Policing Authority commentary in relation to the Crowe Horwath Final Report - 31 October 2017
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Policing Priorities (draft) 2018 Consultation
The Policing Authority has a function under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to determine Policing Priorities for the Garda Síochána each year. The Policing Priorities are crucial because they influence the annual Policing Plan which sets out the actions, commitments and targets to be achieved by the Garda Síochána in that year.

The Authority has developed a set of draft 2018 Policing Priorities. These were informed by a number of activities which included a review of previous and comparator Policing Plans, engagement with stakeholders and consultation with the Joint Policing Committees.

The Authority intends to finalise these in September 2017 and in order to inform our thinking in determining these priorities, would appreciate the views of our statutory consultees and other key stakeholders.

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Quarterly Reports to the Minister
The Policing Authority has published its third Quarterly Report to the Minister on progress by the Garda Síochána in implementing the recommendations of the Garda Inspectorate Report 'Changing Policing in Ireland'
Third Quarterly Report - July 2017
Second Quarterly Report - April 2017
First Quarterly Report - January 2017

Award of Contract for Review of MAT/FCN
On 27 March 2017, the Authority decided to engage external expertise to assist it in conducting a quality assurance review on the remedial actions taken by the Garda Síochána in response to the issues arising in relation to:
    • the reporting of breath tests and Mandatory Alcohol Test (MAT) checkpoints; and
    • the issuing of fixed charge notices and summonses in respect of Fixed Charge Penalty Notice (FCPN) offences.
This engagement was expanded to take account of a formal request received from the Minister for Justice and Equality in accordance with S62O(6) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to examine these matters.

Following a procurement competition run in cooperation with the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), a professional services firm, Crowe Horwath, was selected to undertake this project. This was done under the Office of Government Procurement Framework Agreements for the Provision of Accounting, Audit & Financial Services, allowing for a shorter, restricted tender process to firms which have been pre-cleared through the framework.

The tender document for this work is available here and includes the detailed specification for the work, which is to be done in phases over eight weeks. Vetting and security clearance for the team personnel is ongoing and the contract will commence once this process is concluded.

Submission to the Garda Inspectorate on entry routes to the Garda Síochána - 3 April 2017
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Policing Authority Annual Report 2016
The Policing Authority published its Annual Report 2016 on 27 April 2017 in accordance with section 62O.(1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) and in compliance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Policing Authority Annual Report 2016
An tÚdarás Póilíneachta Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2016

To read Chairperson Josephine Feehily's opening remarks at the launch of the Annual Report please click here.

Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána
The Policing Authority launched the Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána on 23 January 2017 to inform and guide the actions of every member of staff, at every level of the organisation. Policing plays an essential role in the democratic life of the State and the daily lives of the people of Ireland. It is a high calling that merits clear, widely understood, ethical standards. The Code of Ethics is a clear statement to all those who work in the Garda Síochána and to the community of the values and standards expected of each individual in the Garda organisation. The promotion of these standards will enhance and maintain the trust of the public in the Garda Síochána.

The Code has a statutory basis in the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and its implementation will be overseen by the Policing Authority.

Code of Ethics for the Garda Síochána
Cód Eitice don Gharda Síochána

An Garda Síochána Policing Plan 2017
The 2017 Policing Plan sets out the actions and activities which the Garda Síochána will undertake in 2017 and the levels of performance to be achieved. The Garda Commissioner is required to prepare an annual Policing Plan under Section 22 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended. The Authority then approves that plan with the consent of the Minister.

The performance targets set out in the Policing Plan contain a suite of metrics and were developed in tandem with the Garda Commissioner's drafting of the Policing Plan. Both the targets and the Plan were developed following an iterative process which allowed for detailed consultation between the Authority and the Garda Commissioner's team. Previous Policing Plans have not contained specific quantitative measures and in establishing performance levels it was important that the Garda Síochána’s approach to the development of the Policing Plan took cognisance of the need for a new level of specificity in terms of performance. In accordance with section 22(5) of the Garda Síochána Act, the Authority approved the 2017 Policing Plan in December 2016 and the Tánaiste gave her consent to the Plan in January 2017.

The Policing Plan is an important document for the Authority's oversight function. The Garda Síochána will report monthly to the Policing Authority on the progress made against the 2017 Policing Plan and the monthly reports will be published by the Authority.

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Policing Priorities
In accordance with section 20 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, the Policing Authority has determined priorities for the Garda Síochána for 2017 in performing its functions relating to policing services. The priorities have been determined following a process that drew on key inputs and consultation with a range of stakeholders. In addition to its own consideration, the Authority had regard to:
    • The Programme for Partnership Government
    • The findings of the Garda Síochána public attitudes survey
    • Formal consultation with the Garda Commissioner, including discussion in committee with representatives of Garda management
    • Previous and comparator Policing Plans
    • Concerns expressed in the media and by the public.
The Policing Authority also held two events that contributed to the determination of the priorities, namely a meeting with the Chairpersons of Joint Policing Committees and Chief Executives of Local Authorities in July 2016 and a public consultation event on 8 September last, attended by representatives of the Authority’s statutory consultees, the Garda Síochána, as well as civil society organisations and some members of the public.

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Project to Examine the Dispersement and Use of Resources Available to the Garda Síochána in the Delivery of Policing Services to Local Communities
Terms of Reference of the Project to Examine the Dispersement and Use of Resources Available to the Garda Síochána in the Delivery of Policing Services to Local Communities

Report on Garda Síochana Protected Disclosures
In response to a request from the Tánaiste in June 2016, the Policing Authority conducted a review of the Garda Síochána Protected Disclosure Policy. A copy of the Authority's Report on the Garda Síochána Protected Disclosure Policy, November 2016 is available here:
Report of the Policing Authority on the Garda Síochána Protected Disclosures Policy

Policing Authority Governance Framework
Policing Authority Governance Framework June 2016
An tÚdarás Póilíneachta Creat Rialachais Meitheamh 2016

Policing Authority Strategy Statement 2016-18
The Policing Authority is pleased to publish its first Strategy Statement relating to the period 2016-2018:

Policing Authority Strategy Statement 2016-18
An tÚdarás Póilíneachta Ráiteas Straitéise 2016-18

Press statement on the publication of the Policing Authority Statement of Strategy 2016-18

An Garda Síochána Strategy Statement 2016 - 2018
An Garda Síochána Strategy Statement July 2016 - 2018
An Garda Síochána Ráiteas Straitéise Iúil 2016 - 2018

Annual Report of the Policing Authority for 2016 in accordance with Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014
Annual Report 2016 under s 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Prompt Payment Report
Reporting pursuant to government Decision S29296 of 19 May 2009:
Policing Authority Prompt Payment Return Q3 2017
Policing Authority Prompt Payment Return Q2 2017
Policing Authority Prompt Payment Return Q1 2017
Policing Authority Prompt Payment Return 2016

Request For Tenders (RFT)
The Policing Authority invites tenders for the provision of recruitment services:
Policing Authority: Recruitment Services - Request For Tenders (RFT).