Gardaí should no longer have the authority to decide whether people should be prosecuted for minor offenses and that the public should be able to report any concerns about policing in their community to the Garda via the mobile app, the Commission on the future of police in Ireland has recommended.
A redundancy package must also be offered to the Garda staff, the committee said. A similar arrangement was made when the RUC transformed into the Northern Ireland police service and the accelerated generation change in that police force.
In order to release more gardaí for street police, the committee also says that the practice of gardaí lawsuits should stop in court, adding that they should not be obliged to attend an investigation either.
The court service, and not gardaí, also serves the summons of the court. And the Prison Service, instead of gardaí, should escort prisoners, with the exception of high-risk prisoners.
Also aimed at releasing gardaí for frontline tasks, the commission says that all "immigration rights" carried out by the Garda must be transferred to the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service within the Ministry of Justice.
However, it is not only that more gardaí were required for frontline duties and policing at district or local level, but there was also a need for better information on how gardaí was deployed.
A computer-aided dispatch system that registered all call-outs gardaí was necessary to record the movements of gardaí nationally. In the course of time this would indicate the locations and times when more gardaí were needed.
And when this information was married with more extensive and accurate data on crime, Garda management would be able to use the available resources much more effectively.
The committee also states that police and security were not only the responsibilities of Garda, but a number of agencies.
Crisis intervention teams, consisting of social services and health professionals, must be set up to respond outside opening hours, so that gardaí is not alone in dealing with emergency situations.
The committee recommended stopping recruitment in the Garda reserve pending an evaluation of the unpaid part-time force. This is at odds with the government's plan to drown the size of the reserve in the coming years to 2,000.
Plans have also been made to develop a district model of police and relations that has been developed at the level of the Garda district with community groups and representatives.
This is at odds with the divisional model proposed by the Garda Inspection, which is currently being tested and on the basis of which the locations for a number of new Garda stations have been chosen.
It is also suggested that new legislation is coming to clearly define the Garda power of arrest, detention and search. Tablets and mobile phones have also been proposed for all Garda members.
The Commission on the future of the police in Ireland was established in May 2017 to review all aspects of policing in the Republic and to make recommendations for the reform and modernization of the Garda area.
It was formed after the government and Garda, in particular the then Garda commissioner Nóirín O & # 39; Sullivan, were under constant pressure about the alleged abuse of whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe and the consequences of several other unrelated police forces crises.
Over the last 17 months, the committee has reviewed police work in Ireland and best practices abroad and has also spoken with Garda members, the public and stakeholders in the field of justice and related areas.
The report recommends that Garda recruits who already have a diploma should spend considerably less time at Garda College in Templemore.
It also states that gardaí who have not attended third-level education to join the Garda must be encouraged to obtain a degree; adding a career in the Garda should be considered as a profession.
A new police and community law must be adopted, according to the committee: "redefinition of police work and the role of the police and other government institutions in damage prevention".
The committee also calls for the establishment of a "national cyber security center" that would report to the national safety coordinator.
It also recommended the creation of a new function, the "independent investigator of the legislation on terrorism and serious crime". It would review the legislation on national security. It would also rule in cases where Garda authorities were refused evidence or information from the Garda for national security reasons.
Another proposed change would be that the responsibilities assigned to six Garda Assistant Commissioners located in the regions are moved to three senior officials located at the headquarters of Garda in Dublin.