A pilot project found one shop in the Dublin 8 area was subjected to six armed robberies in one year.

A pilot project which allows disadvantaged communities to collectively highlight issues of crime and anti-social behaviour should be rolled out nation(...)

 Garda checkpoint due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O Brien

The Policing Authority has questioned the logic of introducing fines for breaches of Covid-19 legislation, citing fears they could reduce compliance w(...)

In the authority’s report it has emerged that 62 enforcement actions have been taken by gardai against people. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Republic should not follow the example of other European countries who have introduced strong powers for their police forces to enforce Covid-19 r(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: Said breaking up gatherings not   ‘catered for’ by Government’s  Covid-19 regulations. Photograph: Alan Betson

The policing of house parties and large-scale street gatherings had been “difficult” for the Garda during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it was that doubt(...)

While almost all other crime type fell during the period of the most severe restrictions attacks on women aged in their 30s and over surged, according to the latest data. Photograph: PA

The number of attacks on women in their 30s, early 40s and in the “60 years or older” age group increased during the period of strict Covid-19 lockdow(...)

An armed Garda checkpoint on James Joyce Street in Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

It is reassuring to learn that An Garda Síochána has been attempting to establish how many of its members are armed. It’s less reassuring to learn tha(...)

Armed gardaí   in the north inner city of Dublin. A process is currently under way to withdraw firearms from gardaí who do not require them, mainly detectives not assigned to frontline duty. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

The Garda is dramatically reducing the number of members carrying guns as it moves towards a model of having specialist units act as the force’s prima(...)

Figures revealed in The Irish Times show that by 2019, 27 per cent of gardaí held firearms authorisation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“The Garda Síochána will succeed not by force of arms or numbers, but on their moral authority as servants of the people.” Those were the words spoke(...)

Spit hoods, or anti-spit guards as they are called by the Garda, are wire and fabric devices which are forcibly placed over the heads of suspects to stop them purposely spitting or coughing on gardaí. File photograph: PA

At least 14 per cent of spit-hood deployments by gardaí since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic have involved people with obvious mental illnesses. (...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the hoods should only be used in “extreme circumstances”.  Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Policing Authority has observed a significant improvement in the quality of Irish policing during the Covid-19 pandemic and even a new “tone” to h(...)

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