LIMERICK has one of the highest rates of complaints made to the Garda Ombudsman Commission according to the commission’s latest annual report.
Almost 200 allegations were made to the commission in 2010 in relation to the conduct of gardai in the Limerick Garda Division, and many are still under investigation. The 196 allegations made by members of the public in Limerick or referred to the independent body by Limerick gardai, is the third highest after Dublin and Waterford.
A spokesperson for the commission told the Limerick Leader that the number of allegations reflects the fact that Limerick is a busy garda division where gardai have a lot of interaction with the public, and he confirmed that the nature of the complaints are in keeping with the nature of complaints received nationally.
Among the allegations received nationally, the four most prominent types were abuse of authority, neglect of duty, discourtesy and non-fatal offence.
There are no figures to indicate how many gardai in Limerick were disciplined following a complaint made the the Garda Ombudsman Commission, because after an investigation is finalised the commission sends a report with recommendations to Garda Headquarters and it is up to the Garda Commissioner to implement disciplinary proceedings.