IMPACT Submission to the An Garda Síochána Strategy Statement for 2016-2018.

IMPACT submits that the recommendations within the 2015 Garda Inspectorate Report “Changing Policing in Ireland” in respect of staff deployment and efficient human resources management should be implemented and proposals for the same included within the An Garda Síochána Strategy Statement for 2016-2018.

We note that the aforementioned report details work carried out by the Inspectorate who analysed the roles undertaken by members of the force and found that a large percentage of all ranks are not assigned to operational duties, including 12% of gardaí, 16% of sergeants, 24% of inspectors and 27% of superintendents. The Inspectorate also found that the numbers of members in operational and specialist roles had reduced, but Headquarters had seen an increase of 8.6% in members assigned to administrative roles.

The Inspectorate found many supervisors in non-operational roles that do not require the use of sworn powers, nor the deployment of a supervisor. The review found some non-operational units with very large numbers of sworn members including Information and Communication Technology Branch, which has 104 sworn members.

IMPACT suggests that recommendation 4.2 of the aforementioned report be implemented in full. That recommendation is as follows:

The Inspectorate recommends that the Department of Justice and Equality convenes a Working Group comprising the Garda Síochána, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the impending Police Authority to work together to develop a new employment framework that provides flexibility to achieve the optimum composition of the workforce.”

We also suggest that recommendation 4.3 of the aforementioned report be implemented in full. That recommendation is as follows:

“The Inspectorate recommends that the Garda Síochána develops and implements a workforce planning process for all positions within the organisation to release garda members for front-line deployment.”  

During the moratorium on public service recruitment it is clear that may sworn members migrated into non front line roles that should at this juncture be filled by civilian staff which would enable Garda Management to deploy upwards of 1,000 staff to front line policing duties.

We therefore submit that recommendations 4.2 and 4.3 of “Changing Policing in Ireland” should be included within the forthcoming Strategy Statement for 2016 -2018 and that stakeholders including the trade unions representing civilian staff should be formally consulted over the necessary workforce planning process.

Shane Lambert
Industrial Relations Officer
Submitted Wednesday 4th May 2016 to the An Garda Síochána Strategy Statement for 2016-2018.