The Garda Síochána Inspectorate today published its sixth report, Resource Allocation. The report provides in-depth data analysis and twenty-seven recommendations. In simple terms, it underscores the need to have the right number of police officers in the right places at the right times. It also highlights the importance of modern rosters and standard technologies that will lead to better police service in our communities and healthier working conditions for front-line Gardaí. Leading police services elsewhere in the world are organising deployments to meet daily and hourly fluctuations in demand for service. The Garda Síochána must do the same. The research undertaken by the Garda Inspectorate reveals there is often a disconnect between the demand for police services and the number of Gardaí on duty. Today, more than ever, public agencies, including the Garda Síochána, must adopt modern approaches to resource allocation.

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