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Second Quarterly Report to the Tánaiste
The Policing Authority has published its Second Quarterly Report to the Tánaiste on progress by the Garda Siochána in implementing the recommendations of the Garda Inspectorate Report 'Changing Policing in Ireland'
Second Quarterly Report - April 2017
First Quarterly Report - January 2017

Submission to the Garda Inspectorate on entry routes to the Garda Síochána - 3 April 2017
To view this document please click here.


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.

To view the Policing Plan please click here.

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.

The full text can be viewed here.

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

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 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).