Garda Síochána Act 2005

117

Objective and functions.

117.— (1) The objective of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate is to ensure that the resources available to the Garda Síochána are used so as to achieve and maintain the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness in its operation and administration, as measured by reference to the best standards of comparable police services.

F151 [ (2) The functions of the Inspectorate are

( a ) in furtherance of its objective to carry out, if it considers it appropriate to do so or at the request of

(i) the Authority in respect of a matter relating to policing services, or

(ii) the Minister,

inspections or inquiries in relation to any particular aspects of the operation and administration of the Garda S í och á na,

( b ) to submit to the Authority or the Minister, as the case may be

(i) a report on those inspections or inquiries, and

(ii) if required by

(I) the Authority in relation to policing services, or

(II) the Minister,

as the case may be, a report on the operation and administration of the Garda S í och á na during a specified period and on any significant developments in that regard during that period,

and

( c ) to provide advice to the Authority and the Minister with regard to best policing practice. ]

(3) Any report prepared under subsection (2)(b) shall, where appropriate, contain recommendations for any action that the Inspectorate considers necessary.

F152 [ (3A) The Authority shall notify the Minister of a request made by it under subsection (2)(a) and shall, as soon as practicable, provide the Minister with a copy of any report received by it under subsection (2)(b) .

(3B) The Minister shall notify the Authority of a request made by him or her under subsection (2)(a) and may, if he or she considers it appropriate having regard to the functions of the Authority under this Act, provide the Authority with a copy of any report received by him or her under subsection (2)(b) . ]

(4) Subject to subsection (5), the Minister shall cause copies of any reports received by him or her under F153 [ subsection (2)(b) or (3A) ] to be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

(5) The Minister may exclude from the copies of reports which are to be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas any matter which, in his or her opinion—

( a) would be prejudicial to the interests of national security, or

( b) might facilitate the commission of an offence, prejudice a criminal investigation or jeopardise the safety of any person.

(6) The Inspectorate, with the approval of the Minister, may arrange—

( a) F154 [ with such police service or ] police service outside the State for the engagement of police officers from that service, or

( b) with any other body for the engagement of other persons, for the provision of consultancy or advisory services in connection with the performance of its functions.

(7) Subject to this Act, the Inspectorate shall be independent in the performance of its functions.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F151

Substituted (23.12.2015) by Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (49/2015), s. 53(a), S.I. No. 612 of 2015.

F152

Inserted (23.12.2015) by Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (49/2015), s. 53(b), S.I. No. 612 of 2015.

F153

Substituted (23.12.2015) by Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (49/2015), s. 53(c), S.I. No. 612 of 2015.

F154

Substituted (18.05.2007) by Criminal Justice Act 2007 (29/2007), s. 43(l), S.I. No. 236 of 2007.

Editorial Notes:

E44

Garda Síochána Inspectorate excluded from definition of public bodies in Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014) in so far as it relates to records concerning an inspection or inquiry carried out by that Inspectorate under subs. (2) (14.10.2014) by Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014), s. 6 and sch. 1 part 1(o), commenced as per s. 1(2).

E45

Previous affecting provision: subs. (2)(a) substituted (27.04.2015) by Garda Síochána (Amendment) Act 2015 (3/2015), s. 11, S.I. No. 150 of 2015.