About Us

The Policing Authority was established as an independent statutory body on 1 January 2016 to oversee the performance of the Garda Síochána in relation to policing services in Ireland.  

The Authority is a statutory body, established by the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 which amended the Garda Síochána Act 2005.  

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. 

What We Do

Oversight of Policing

Oversight of Policing

Public Awareness and Engagement

Public Awareness and Engagement

Appointments

Appointments

Research

Research

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Our vision is of a society served by a professional, impartial, constantly improving police organisation which deserves and enjoys the trust and support of the people.

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The Authority

The Authority has 9 members – the chairperson and 8 ordinary members. Members are appointed by the Government following a selection process run by the Public Appointments Service. The Authority is supported by a team of core staff headed up by the Chief Executive Officer.

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Corporate Governance

Good corporate governance is central to how the Authority successfully delivers its statutory obligations.

Our Governance Framework describes the structures, policies and processes that are in place to deliver on these obligations. It also provides for an objective assessment of management and corporate performance.

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Freedom of Information

The Policing Authority is committed to its key value of transparency and publishes its minutes and reports on an ongoing basis. In addition, under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 information held by the Policing Authority, which is not routinely available through other sources, can be requested.

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Procurement Opportunities

The Authority procures goods and services based on competitive tendering processes.

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Career Opportunities

The Authority is a modern, progressive employer which prides itself on its professional and agile workforce and friendly and supportive culture. A civil service employer, the Authority believes in providing an excellent working environment and appropriate career development opportunities.

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Consultations

The Authority is always mindful of its commitment to serving the interests of the public in its work. We welcome and, from time to time, actively seek the contributions and views of the public and stakeholders on our strategies and policies and offer an opportunity to highlight issues that you consider we should prioritise.

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Quality Customer Service

The Authority is committed to providing a high quality service to its customers. Our Customer Service Charter sets out our role and the standards of service that you can expect from us.

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