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About Executive Support & Corporate Services

Executive Support & Corporate Services

An Assistant Commissioner heads up the Executive Support & Corporate Services Section. The Executive Support & Corporate Services Office has a staff of 3, based at Garda Headquarters.

The Assistant Commissioner in charge of Executive Support & Corporate Services reports to the Deputy Commissioner responsible for Governance & Accountability. 

The Executive Support & Corporate Services Office is responsible for the following sections:

Office of Corporate Communications

The Office of Corporate Communications is responsible for providing key information about An Garda Síochána to relevant audiences such as the media, Garda personnel and key stakeholders in line with the organisation’s Communications Strategy.

An Garda Síochána’s Communications Strategy commits to promoting policing excellence and our changing culture through a wide variety of communications channels to demonstrate our on-going commitment to protecting and supporting communities and the State.

The Office of Corporate Communications is responsible for An Garda Síochána’s social and digital media activities, public awareness campaigns, media relations and internal communications.

National Vetting Bureau

The National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Síochána is based in Thurles, Co. Tipperary and is headed by a Superintendent.  The functions of the National Vetting Bureau include:

• Conducting non-security checks on behalf of designated Non-Police Agencies. The Non-Police agencies that this deals with are the various Health Boards throughout the country or agencies that are funded or controlled by the Health Boards.

• Conducting checks on prospective employees, who may have substantial access to children or vulnerable adults during the course of their work.

•  Liaising directly with the agencies and forwarding the result of the enquiry directly to the Agency and not to the individual. 

• Dealing with enquiries under Section 4 of the Data Protection Act, 1988.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Office is based in Athlumney House in Johnstown, Navan, Co. Meath.  The Office is headed by a Superintendent. The functions of the National Vetting Bureau include:

• Administering and facilitating replies to FOI requests from members of the public.

• Managing and expanding An Garda Síochána’s FOI Publication Scheme.

• The FOI Office is also responsible for the introduction of a Records and Information Management process throughout An Garda Síochána.

Garda Information Services Centre

The Garda Information Services Centre (GISC) is based in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. This unit is headed by a Principal Officer (civilian grade), and its functions include:

• Entering incident details on the PULSE system on behalf of operation Gardaí.

• Monitoring and improving data quality on PULSE.

• Taking Traffic Watch calls from members of the public.

• Administering the on-line reporting of theft.

As Information Manager for the organisation, ownership for data protection and the data protection code of practice rests with Assistant Commissioner Executive Support & Corporate Services.

The Executive Support & Corporate Services Office has a further role as the liaison with the Garda Síochána Inspectorate. The Office manages all requests for information from the Inspectorate and coordinates the responses.
 
The Executive Support & Corporate Services Office can be contacted at:

Executive Support & Corporate Services
Garda Headquarters
Phoenix Park
Dublin 8,
D08 HN3X.

Tel: +353 1 6661901
Fax: +353 1 6661905

E-mail: Commissioner.ESCS@garda.ie