An ambitious program for the radical reform and modernization of Garda and its monitoring bodies, covering all aspects of police practices and culture, was set out by the Commission on the future of the police in Ireland.
After having worked on the plan for more than a year, the commission has drawn up a vision for the Garda with the protection of human rights as the core and in which community frontal police would be given priority.
When implemented, it would bring the greatest transformation of the Garda into its almost 100-year history.
The committee, under the leadership of former US police chief Kathleen O & # 39; Toole, has proposed a major upheaval and reform of the Garda surveillance bodies established in 2005 in the wake of the Morris tribunal on corruption at Garda. The committee believed that the current Garda monitoring system was too complicated and confused.
Ms O & # 39; Toole said on Tuesday that the proposals could be implemented in 2022. She believed that the "transformational changes" that were put forward for the Garda would place it "in the forefront" of international policing.
The commission provides greater powers for the Garda commissioner in the appointment of his senior management team, including senior Garda officers working around him.
Also recommended is a new strategic center for threat assessment within the government. It would collect and coordinate safety information at a time when global security challenges, including terrorism, become more complex.
It reports to the Taoiseach and for the first time would mean civil and political input into and monitoring both the safety functions of Garda and defense forces.
However, the committee has long stopped recommending the establishment of an independent agency outside Garda that is responsible for the security of the state, as is the case in other countries.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan described the committee's report, which was published on Tuesday, as a "new blueprint for police in Ireland".
An implementation plan and a new expert group to monitor the implementation of the reform program would be operational within three months, he said.
The committee has proposed to replace the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) with a new agency to investigate the complaints against gardaí. It is of the opinion that the Garda Inspectorate and the Policing Authority should merge into one entity, called Policing and Community Safety Oversight. Commission.
This would examine and inspect the deliveries, standards and practices of Irish police services, and enable local communities to become more involved in setting goals and priorities for policing in their own area. The Garda Commissioner of the day should also submit reports.
The inspectorate and the authority noted the publication of the committee's report, adding that they would now study it and comment on it later.
The committee also proposed the establishment of a statutory board at the top of Garda to strengthen internal governance and management. The board would consist of members with backgrounds from the business and professional sector and would help Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to reorganize the police.
Mr Harris said the proposals could help to deliver "better police". It contained more than 50 recommendations "and many more points of good practice".
"Some recommendations include important cultural, personnel, structural and system changes," he said. "As such, it is important that we carefully consider the implementation of this report."