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Modernisation & Renewal Programme

MRP 2017 - Infographic Achievements

Transformation Across An Garda Síochána 2016/2017

Intake of over 1000 new sworn Garda members in 2016/2017 to date has brought numbers in the organisation to the highest level since 2013.

Cell Refurbishment Programme saw cells in 68 Garda stations across the country refurbished with 7 more stations currently undergoing work.

Significant building and refurbishment projects progressed including new Regional Headquarters at Galway, Divisional Headquarters at Wexford & Kevin St., Dublin and new property and exhibits stores.

Civilian Peer Support Service training for network of civilian personnel to provide confidential support to colleagues experiencing workplace trauma.

Independent 24-7 confidential counselling helpline was launched to ensure members are supported on a wide-range of work and personal related issues.

Major increases to Garda Fleet with almost €10 million invested in transport vehicles in 2016 and a further investment of €4 million currently being processed.

E-Vetting go-live has reduced average time to process applications from 5 weeks to just 5 days.

New Armed Support Unit established within the DMR to help in our response to both organised crime and terrorist groups.

A number of critical Senior Leadership roles filled strengthening governance within the organisation.

Protected Disclosures Policy launched to ensure any individual of An Garda Síochána who raises issues will be listened to and fully supported.

Enhanced Rural Network Access to provide rural Garda stations with access to PULSE and other systems.

National security enhanced by integrating the Interpol Stolen & Lost Travel Document database with the Garda National Immigration Bureau systems.

Launch of Property and Exhibits Management System which has ensured that all property and exhibits in Garda custody are now recorded and tracked electronically.

New Performance, Accountability And Learning Framework, a goals and competency based performance management & development system.

Revised approach to risk management with emphasis on continual review and mitigation of risks across the organisation.

The ‘Play your Part’ Cultural Audit Survey, an anonymous survey to gauge the cultural landscape of the organisation, was launched.

Divisional Protective Services Units established in Phase 1 locations to ensure that some of the most vulnerable victims are getting the specialised support they need.

Over 30 more CPD staff recruited to help ensure training requirements are met.

New software to support Garda Economic Crime Bureau in managing suspicious transactions brought to their attention.

Implementation of electronic recording of calls for service to ensure improved data quality and greater traceability.

The Code of Ethics launched by the Policing Authority to emphasise key ethical standards for the organisation.

Enterprise Content Management (ECM), a single secure system to centrally store, share and manage electronic content, was deployed in the Phase 1 locations.

MPR Outlook

An Garda Síochána published its five-year programme to professionalise, modernise and renew the organisation to ensure it can meet present and future policing and security challenges.

The changes in the plan have been prioritised to ensure the greatest community impact and provide the best supports for Garda members, staff and reserves to enable them to work efficiently and effectively in delivering the national policing and security service.

An Garda Síochána’s Modernisation and Renewal Programme (2016-2021) will result in:

- Increased visibility of Gardaí equipped with the tools, training and resources they need to do their jobs

- Preventing crime will now be An Garda Síochána’s number one priority

- Victims placed at the heart of the Garda service

- Enhanced collaboration with national and international partners to tackle and disrupt terrorism and organised crime

- Advanced IT systems introduced to enhance the investigation of crime

- The hiring of civilians with the right skills and placing them in the right roles to enhance the professionalism of the organisation and increase Garda presence in the community

- The make-up of the service will be more representative of the diverse communities it serves.  

It will also see a renewal of Garda culture, a focus on living up to values, and listening to and learning from the experience and expertise of our partners. There will be a major focus on strengthening the governance of the organisation and enhancing risk management.

Further initiatives include:

- Introduction of multi-skilled Community Policing Teams in every District. Community Policing Teams will be made-up of Gardaí from a number of different units who will work with the local community to prevent and detect crime

- Gardaí on patrol able to access a wide-range of real-time information on mobile devices

- An Investigations Management System will enable the electronic management and tracking of all tasks and information related to an investigation from crime scene to Court

- Expansion of use of technologies such as CCTV, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), and introduction of face in the crowd and shape in the crowd biometrics to identify key criminal and terrorist targets

- Strengthen our investigative capability in areas such as economic crime, cyber crime, and sexual and child abuse

- A significant restructuring of the organisation that will see regional officers given greater responsibility to make decisions based on the policing needs in their areas

- Increased investment in training and development of our people so we can attract, develop and retain the best people – this will include the introduction of a 24/7 Counselling Service, greater promotional opportunities, improved internal communications, and a skills database to ensure we have the right people with the right skills in the right places.

- Specialist units will be set-up to meet the increasing challenges of cyber security. Expansion of the work of the Computer Crime Investigation Unit to tackle cyber crime with regional units introduced.

Over €200m has been secured to invest in advanced ICT systems so our people can spend less time on paperwork and more time among local communities. We will make more use of data and technology to prevent and detect crime. New systems will ensure we have the right people in the right places at the right times, and provide a better response to calls for service from the public.

A number of changes under the programme have already happened. For example, the bringing together of expertise in specialist areas such as drugs and organised crime, and in sexual crime and domestic violence; working closer with criminal justice partners to identify and manage repeat offenders; establishing 28 dedicated Victim Service Offices; substantial investment in new vehicles, and introducing a new multi-strand approach to tackling key crimes.

The plan is based on feedback from employees and the community. It also takes into account the Government’s reform agenda, and key findings from the reports into the organisation over the last number of years by stakeholders such as the Garda Inspectorate and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. In addition, as police services around the world are facing the same challenges, change programmes conducted by police services in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the UK, as well as those by public and private sector bodies have been studied.