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Commissioner’s Interview on the 20/12/21 with Crimecall

The Commissioner addressed a number of topics including the policing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic during 2021. Among the topics discussed was the culture within An Garda Síochána which for the most part he commented is extremely positive. However he did comment that negative behavior by Gardaí is unacceptable and erodes public trust. He stated that the introduction of the Anti-Corruption Unit is a permanent fixture in the organisation and is tasked at investigating such matters

The victims of Domestic Abuse and the issue of 999 calls was acknowledged as a very serious matter in terms of eroding public confidence. The Commissioner did offer reassurance to victims by making reference to the support services available, including specially trained officers in each division and the introduction next year of a new Command and Control system to deal with calls from the public.

The excellent work of An Garda Síochána was highlighted in terms of preventing and detecting crime. The Commissioner spoke specifically about the success in investigating trafficked sex workers, recent convictions in relation to businessman Kevin Lunney and recent progress in the HSE Cyber security investigation that culminated in data being located in the USA. The Commissioner emphasised the importance of the global multi-law enforcement agency approach and how it had been proactive and not just reactive against the Conti crime group, believed to be involved in the Cyber security incident.

The Commissioner acknowledged that the Garda recruitment campaign is due to commence in early 2022 and encouraged applicants from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. He acknowledged the dedication and flexibility of members of An Garda Síochána who have continued to work with their communities in order to keep people safe. Finally he thanked the public for their continued support and wished everyone a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.