The Commission on the Future of Policing has been asked as part of its terms of reference to carry out a fundamental review of the role, structures, leadership and management, ethos and culture of policing and existing oversight. In this submission, the Inspectorate will address these issues; firstly by setting out its contribution to improving policing in Ireland through its previous and current work, much of which directly correlates with specific components of the terms of reference.
Next, the submission will set out how the work of the Inspectorate could be enhanced. It will then set out why the Inspectorate should remain a separate body independent in its operation; discuss the future role of the Inspectorate in the oversight architecture and suggest how itsrole, strategy and focus could be changed to add further value to policing. The final section contains a summary of the key points articulated in the document and proposals for the future.