The role of the Garda Síochana Inspectorate
The main function of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate is to benchmark the overall policing performance of the Garda Síochána and to promote best practice in all its core operations. This will help to ensure that the Garda Síochána uses its resources as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Appointments to Garda Síochána Inspectorate
The Garda Inspectorate consists of 3 members, appointed by the Government under s.115 of the Garda Act 2005 and for a period determined by the Government.
The Government must be satisfied that any person appointed is suitable by reason of his or her service as a senior officer or retired senior officer in the police service of another state, or, having otherwise obtained such relevant experience, qualifications, training or expertise as, in the opinion of the Government, is or are appropriate having regard, in particular, to the functions of the Inspectorate.
At least one of the members shall be a woman and at least one shall be a man. Members and former members of the Garda Síochána are not eligible to be appointed.
The current Inspectorate consists of:
- Mr Robert Olson, Chief Inspector
- Mr Mark Toland, Deputy Chief Inspector
- Ms Debra Kirby, Deputy Chief Inspector
Reports on inspections or inquiries made by the Garda Inspectorate must be submitted to the Minister along with advice with regard to best policing practice and any recommendations for action considered necessary.
Reports must be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.