Bob Olson

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Chief Inspector Bob Olsen of the Garda inspectorate addressing the Agsi conference. Photograph: Paul Mealey

About 300 Garda members could be immediately released from desk-bound jobs and allowed to join their colleagues policing the streets if their posts we(...)

Head of the Garda Inspectorate Bob  Olson (centre) and Deputy Chief Inspectors Mark Toland and Debra Kirby outside Leinster House. The Garda Inspectorate told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice that gardaí lack powers to arrest those who breach bail.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí do not have the power to arrest criminals who breach their bail conditions, the Garda Inspectorate has told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on J(...)

Badly needed reform across the Garda will not be achieved by investing in technology that would modernise the force, strong management and leadersh(...)

With over 200 recommendations for the reform of how the Garda investigates crime, what the Garda Inspectorate’s report is proposing would fashion a ne(...)

Bob Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate: he also  acknowledged “that some of the criticisms are not unique to An Garda Síochána, they are present in many other police forces around the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Inspectorate report presented a “significant opportunity” to reform the force and is a “devastating critique” of the systems operated by An(...)

Robert Olson chief inspector (centre) with deputy chief inspectors Mark Toland and Debra Kirby, at the press conference marking the publication of the Garda Inspectorate report in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

As the full extent of the resourcing and operational shortcomings dogging the Garda were revealed yesterday, the words of interim Garda Commissione(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald:  acknowledged the report had raised serious concerns and represented a “challenging” interrogation of how the Garda investigates crime.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has rejected suggestions that the force massaged crime figures, after the Garda Inspectorate revealed (...)

 Deputy Chief Inspector Mark Toland, Chief Inspector Bob Olson and Deputy Chief Inspector  Debra Kirby  during a press conference by the Garda Inspectorate to mark the publication of the Inspectorate’s tenth report. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Agency

The Garda has been under-recording crime trends by almost 40 per cent and in many cases those offences recorded were later reclassified to become less(...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

Robert Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Inspectorate. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Garda does not have basic technologies and other resources it needed to function properly, the head of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate has said. (...)