An Garda Síochána publishes anti-corruption policy documents

An Garda Síochána publishes anti-corruption policy documents

An Garda Síochána has published new policy documents setting out how it will tackle corruption within the policing service.

The three documents have been drawn up by the Garda Anti-Corruption Unit (GACU), which was established in November 2020.

The first document concerns anti-corruption policy, the second concerns professional boundaries and abuse of power for sexual gain and the third concerns substance misuse.

Pat Clavin, assistant commissioner for governance and accountability, said: “Maintaining full public confidence in the work of An Garda Síochána 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.”

Mr 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.”

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