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, 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 and a new programme for Government, the Inspectorate is conducting a formal review of its current Work Plan. The Inspectorate has engaged with a number of its key stakeholders to assist in identifying any new or emerging policing issues and to ensure that future inspection activity is focussed on the areas of highest harm and risk. This review is expected to be completed by the end of December 2020, following which, the Inspectorate will commence two new inspections.
Our inspection activity will take account of the most up to date public health advice and measures will be put in place to mitigate any risks to our staff and those people that we would like to engage with.
In the interim, and subject to further developments, we intend to continue to perform our statutory function by progressing ongoing reports on Countering the Threat of Internal Corruption within the Garda Síochána and the Treatment of Persons in the Custody of the Garda Síochána. Both inspections are in the latter stages of completion.
The Inspectorate has notified the Minister for Justice, the Department of Justice and the Garda Commissioner about these developments. We are also in regular contact with the Policing Authority and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
Revised 24 August 2020