On 19th February 2008, the Garda Commissioner announced the establishment of a Working Group to review the training and development arrangements in An Garda Síochána for Garda and civilian personnel. The 10-member panel is made up of representatives from both the public and private sector and will make its recommendations to the Commissioner by the end of November 2008. Student Probationer Training is part of the Working Group's mandate.
The NCC is pleased to note that An Garda Síochána has established a Garda Síochána Analysis Service (GSAS). Mr. Gurchand Singh was appointed head of GSAS on 1st August 2007 following an open competition. Two Higher Crime and Policing Analyst positions have been filled to date as well as a number of Crime and Policing Analyst positions. When fully operational, GSAS will provide a nationwide service employing 31 staff including 28 Crime and Policing analysts. The aim of the GSAS is to assist An Garda Síochána by supporting policing excellence. It will do this through:
The NCC also understands that the indications from the Garda Síochána Public Attitudes Survey 2007 are that there was an improvement of 2% in the rates of Public Satisfaction with An Garda Síochána in 2007. The NCC also understands that Joint Policing Committees have also been set up in 29 locations on a pilot basis to date.