61 allegations were made against Gardai in the Cavan-Monaghan Gardai Division last year. The garda watchdog’s annual report shows almost 2,000 complaints detailing close to 3,000 allegations were made against officers nationwide – a slight drop on the previous year’s figures.
The number of allegations made to GSOC about Gardai in Cavan and Monaghan was the third lowest in the country, behind Westmeath, who had 51, and Sligo/Leitrim, who had 32. A breakdown of the complaints received from around the country show most related to abuse of authority, neglect of duty, discourtesy and allegations of assault, harassment or false imprisonment.
Gardai in the local region themselves referred two cases to the Garda Watchdog. A referral is made when the conduct of a member of An Garda Siochana may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person. Other figures from the annual report show 24 protected disclosures were made by staff or members of the Gardaí, 74 sanctions were imposed on individual members of the force while 415 criminal investigations were opened.