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Almost 60 complaints made to GSOC regarding officers' behaviour in Cavan and Monaghan in last year

May 31, 2021 07:05 By News Northern Sound
Almost 60 complaints made to GSOC regarding officers' behaviour in Cavan and Monaghan in last year Almost 60 complaints made to GSOC regarding officers' behaviour in Cavan and Monaghan in last year
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There were two complaints of discreditable conduct, one of theft and fraud, and one of discrimination.

Almost 60 complaints were made to the Garda watchdog regarding officers' behaviour in Cavan and Monaghan in the last year.

Allegations made against gardaí included abuse of authority, discourtesy, neglect of duty as well as non-fatal offences.

A complaint made to GSOC can often contain more than one allegation and for complaints to be admissible, they must satisfy a number of requirements.

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Allegations of criminal offences by gardaí are investigated by GSOC and a number of punishments can be handed out if breaches are identified and proven.

Figures released to Northern Sound News under the Freedom of Information Act shows that of the 58 complaints made in the Cavan-Monaghan division in the twelve months from March 2020 and March 2021, 18 were for a neglect of duty, this is when a garda failed to take expected action. It can range from not returning a phone call up to not properly investigating a serious allegation.

Eight were for gardai abusing their authority, and six for discourtesy, or how a garda spoke or behaved towards someone.

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There were also six complaints of non-fatal offences, which could include assault, threats, harassment or endangerment.

There were two complaints of discreditable conduct, one of theft and fraud, one of discrimination and one of improper use of information.

In five of the complaints the allegation wasn't determined, and sixteen allegations were inadmissible.

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Local complaints make up just 3 per cent of the 1,953 complaints made about Garda conduct in that period.

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