The Policing Authority has published its Annual Report for 2022. The Report was submitted to Minister for Justice Helen McEntee T.D. in March and subsequently laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas in October.
In 2022, the Authority continued to listen to communities, to hear about their experiences of policing and other issues which impact on their levels and perceptions of safety. Priority was given to safeguarding the most vulnerable in society, with specific attention to gender based violence, child protection and drugs-related crime and violence. The launch of the Policing Authority Strategy Statement for 2022-2024 further emphasised these key areas in addition to the ongoing need for effective policing, Garda integrity and human rights, leading through change, and informed public engagement on policing matters.
The report also outlines significant progress against strategic objectives, including increased engagements with local communities, advancements in policing and mental health, and the dissemination of critical research to enhance policing in Ireland.