The Garda Síochána Inspectorate welcomes the publication today of the Inspectorate’s first ever self-initiated inspection; Countering the Threat of Internal Corruption – A review of counter-corruption structures, strategies and processes in the Garda Síochána. 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.

During the course of the review, the Inspectorate encountered many examples of individuals and specific departments within the Garda Síochána developing policies and practices to enhance and support organisational integrity.  However, the review found that a number of internationally recognised counter-corruption functions require development within the Garda Síochána.

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