Oversight of COVID 19 Policing

Since the latter half of February, the Authority has adapted how it carries out its oversight of the Garda Síochána in the context of COVID-19. This has involved frequent, open and effective contact with the Garda Síochána about both their preparedness for and the day-to-day management of policing at this time.

New situations require new responses and oversight of policing becomes even more relevant as in these times when additional powers are given to the Garda Síochána. The Policing Authority remains in continuing contact with the Garda Commissioner and his colleagues to ensure that policing responses and any use of new powers are necessary, proportionate and carried out in a manner that respects human rights. The graduated policing response being taken by the Garda Síochána to ensure that individuals comply with the Government’s temporary restrictions is welcomed, as are the Commissioner’s assurances that enforcement of powers will be a last resort.

Following a request by the Minister for Justice and Equality, the Authority is providing fortnightly reports to the Minister on their oversight of COVID-19 policing.  These reports can be viewed by clicking on the links below.