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Members of public urged to have their say on new garda code of ethics

A draft published today lists a number of commitments gardaí will be asked to make.

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THE POLICING AUTHORITY has published a draft code of ethics for gardaí and is calling for members of the public to make submissions.

One of the first big tasks the new authority said it would undertake after its first meeting at the start of this year was the drafting of the code of ethics.

The code applies to every rank or grade, civilians and reserve members of the force and covers interactions both with the public and between colleagues.

The draft outlines a number of commitments, which include a promise to be honest and act with integrity, to respect the equal human rights of all, to treat people with courtesy, to exercise police powers with restraint, to communicate openly and to report wrongdoing.

They also commit never to destroy, hide, exaggerate, interfere or invent information.

It is expected that all members of the force will be asked to make a formal commitment to observing the code when it is finalised.

“This call for preliminary views and comments is an important opportunity for interested members of the public, employees of the Garda Síochána, civil society organisations and relevant statutory bodies to offer their views on the draft code,” the authority said in a statement today.

Members of the public can send their submissions until close of business on Friday 23 September.

A consultation event will also be held on Thursday 8 September at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 from 10am to 12.30pm. Register for this event here.

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