Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland Publishes Report

The Commission on the Future of Policing (L to R): Sir Peter Fahy, Dr Vicky Conway, Helen Ryan, Dr Johnny Connolly, Dr Antonio Oftelie, Kathleen O'Toole [chairperson], Noeline Blackwell, Professor Donncha O'Connell, Tonita Murray, Tim Dalton, Dr Eddie Molloy [not pictured])
Sep 18 2018 Posted: 17:58 IST

The Commission on the Future of Policing published its report today. Professor Donncha O’Connell of the School of Law was a member of the Commission (appointed by the Government last year).

The Commission proposes sweeping reform of policing in Ireland and in particular:

  • A new approach to policing and community safety, which will ensure police are more visible in communities, and can focus on preventing harm;
  • Measures to deliver a professional, ethical, modern and effective police service that is well-managed, cost-effective, properly trained and equipped;
  • A new coherent framework for the independent oversight of policing and community safety, with a clear mandate for effective scrutiny, which will promote professional standards of policing and ensure fully independent investigation of complaints;
  • A new framework for national security, headed by a National Security Coordinator, to pool intelligence and information and provide long-term threat assessments.

The full report and background information is available at 


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