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An Garda Síochána Introduces Anti-Corruption Policies to Keep People Safe - 1/6/21

An Garda Síochána has today published a number of new anti-corruption policies that will help promote the highest levels of honesty, integrity and professionalism within the organisation, while enhancing public confidence in the policing service.

The Garda Anti-Corruption Unit (GACU) which was established in November 2020 under the Government’s A Policing Service For Our Future plan, has developed several policies to support a safe and ethical workplace.

These include the overarching Anti-Corruption Policy, the Professional Boundaries and Abuse of Power for Sexual Gain Policy, as well as the Substance Misuse (Controlled Drugs) Policy, which are all being published internally and externally today.

GACU is headed by a Chief Superintendent and two Detective Superintendents supported by 23 Gardaí across remaining ranks.

Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner, Governance and Accountability, Pat Clavin said, “Maintaining full public confidence in the work of An Garda Si?ocha?na depends on all Garda personnel demonstrating the highest levels of personal and professional standards of behaviour. Each and every person working in An Garda Síochána is rightfully expected to treat the public they serve with dignity and respect.

“An Garda Síochána has an obligation to protect people from the risks and effects of corrupt behaviour, and to prevent and prosecute any form of corruption that impacts upon the delivery of a quality policing service to the community served.

“There is no tolerance whatsoever for those within our organisation that may choose to abuse their position of trust for their own personal gain or those whose behaviour falls below our standards.

“The vast majority of Garda personnel conduct themselves honestly and professionally, and the work of the Anti-Corruption Unit will help support and protect them.

Assistant Commissioner Clavin added, “These policies will allow us to continue preventing and minimising the risk of corruption, safeguard the integrity of our organisation, as well as fully support our own personnel to carry out their duties safely and effectively.”

The three Garda policies are available here:

Anti-Corruption Policy

Professional Boundaries and Abuse of Power for Sexual Gain Policy

Substance Misuse (controlled drugs) Policy