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Our Policing Principles

Principles 1An Garda Síochána has a proud tradition in serving communities and protecting the State with over 16,000 Garda members, Civilians and Reserve members who are committed to delivering a functioning police and security service. This is the cornerstone of a democratic and progressive society. We believe that effective and efficient policing depends on securing the confidence, support and cooperation of local communities and engaging with those communities. In order to ensure we achieve this, members of An Garda Síochána are guided by three simple Policing Principles which state that policing services must be provided:

  • Independent and impartially
  • In a manner that respects human rights
  • In a manner that supports the proper and effective administration of justice.

Our Mission

To deliver professional policing and security services with the trust, confidence and support of the people we serve.

The Code of Ethics

The Code was established by the Policing Authority in December 2016 and was launched (by Commissioner O Sullivan, the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Chairperson of the Authority) in January 2017 with a view to enhance the level of standards and conduct which is expected of everyone working in the organisation. It applies to every function of policing and security including assisting victims of crime, crime prevention, community engagement, crime investigation, road safety and the delivery of our internal back-of-office services.

Principles 2The Code sets out nine ethical standards and the ethical commitments required to meet these standards. At the heart of the commitments is the principle that every Garda member, Civilian, and Reserve member, of all ranks and grades, treats others the way the would expect to be treated themselves, in consideration of the common good. Work is continuing to embed the Code into the day-to-day thinking and actions of the organisation in association with Garda representative bodies.

The Code of Ethics is available to read here.