This report marks a significant milestone for the Garda Inspectorate as it is the outcome of the first self-initiated inspection.
Due to the unique nature of policing, internal corruption will always pose a threat to the integrity of the Garda Síochána. The report is a comprehensive examination of the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána at preventing, detecting and mitigating the threat of internal corruption, it also assesses the structure, strategies and processes in place to counter corruption.
Specifically assessing the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána in relation to international standards and practices and the relevant factors affecting the following:
- Strategy and Governance; in terms of the identification and management of risk, internal and external oversight, and the current anti-corruption architecture and strategy.
- Building Organisational Resilience Against Corruption; in terms of selection, vetting, leadership and supervision, physical and systems security and procurement.
- Enhancing Professional Integrity; in terms of ethics and integrity training, organisational registers and disclosures, substance testing, transparent and ethical decision making, professional standards, and maintaining professional boundaries.
- Identifying and Investigating Corruption; in terms of protected and confidential disclosures, intelligence, investigation, regulation and information sharing.
- Reducing the Impact of Corruption; in terms of demonstrating an effective response to reports of corruption and organisational learning.
The report contains 34 recommendations that are designed to help the Garda Síochána and the wider criminal justice sector to prevent and detect corruption.