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Garda Ombusdman now has direct access to Garda PULSE system

Previously, GSOC only had access to the investigations database under Garda supervision.

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THE GARDA OMBUDSMAN’s office now has direct access to the gardaí’s database system, PULSE.

The PULSE system is used by gardaí to log case details during their investigations.

Previously, the Ombudsman’s office only had access to the system under Garda supervision, either through the two members of the Garda force seconded to the GSOC or through requests to the local district involved in a case under Ombudsman investigation.

A spokesperson for the GSOC told TheJournal.ie that direct access will be more efficient and more independent, and that it will be restricted to trained members of staff due to the sensitive nature of the information involved.

They also said that PULSE would only be accessed on occasions when the GSOC needs to examine case notes to see how an investigation was carried out, such as during disciplinary inquiries.

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