Forthcoming legislation is set to address the recommendations made by Commission on the Future of Policing and will also provide for a new Policing and Community Safety Authority. It is critcially important that the new Authority will have the right level of resources and skills in place, so that it will be fit for purpose on the date of establishment, writes Mark Toland, Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate.
The next year will be an evolving and exciting one for the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, as we await the passage and enactment of the Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill. The Bill addresses many of the recommendations made by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland on policing reform as well as recommendations from previous Inspectorate reports.
It also provides for the establishment of a Policing and Community Safety Authority to supersede the Inspectorate and the Policing Authority. The Inspectorate is working collaboratively with the Department of Justice and the Policing Authority to contribute to the transition of the inspection function into the new Authority.
This Authority will have new and welcomed powers, such as conducting unannounced visits to places where garda personnel are deployed as well as the power to publish its own inspection reports and monitor the progress of inspection report recommendations.