In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the Garda Inspectorate has put in place a COVID-19 Response Plan to mitigate any risks to the health and wellbeing of our staff, key stakeholders and the wider public; while continuing to deliver our core functions.

As a result of a number of significant changes to the environment in which the Inspectorate operates, including; the COVID -19 crisis, changing economic and social conditions, emerging criminal and public safety vulnerabilities and a new programme for Government, the Inspectorate  has conducting a formal review of its current Work Plan. In carrying out this task the Inspectorate engaged with a number of key stakeholders to assist in identifying any new or emerging policing issues and to ensure that future inspections are focused on the areas of highest harm and risk.

Following completion of this review it has been decided that the Inspectorate will commence two new inspections in 2021:

1) Examining the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána at responding to transnational crime threats, including operational capacity and cooperation arrangements.

2) Reviewing the Garda Síochána response to reports of domestic abuse, including; how they manage and support the investigation of such abuse.

All future inspections will take account of the most up to date public health advice and measures necessary  to mitigate any risks to our staff and any persons who engage with us during our inspection process.

The Inspectorate has recently notified the Department of Justice and the Garda Commissioner of its planned inspections for 2021.  The Inspectorate is also in regular contact with a number of key stakeholders, including; the Policing Authority and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission concerning our forthcoming inspections.

Revised 12 March 2021