On the 18 September 2018, the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (CoFPI) published its Report outlining a clear vision and roadmap for strengthening An Garda Síochána and the broader national framework for policing, security and community safety.
The wide-ranging consultation undertaken by the Commission led to the development of 10 key principles for the future of policing in Ireland, and a comprehensive set of recommendations to meet not just current, but also future challenges.
A High Level Implementation Plan has been developed in cooperation with stakeholders from across the public service and, in particular, with the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána to implement the recommendations contained in the CoFPI Report.
This 4-year Plan is ambitious, but realistic. Throughout the implementation process, the Policing Reform Implementation Programme Office will be reviewing and updating this living plan as required on a biannual basis and maintaining ambitious but realistic commitments, timeframes and milestones.
The programme is set out across four key phases: Building Blocks; Launching; Scaling; and Consolidation. The two initial phases for Year 1 of implementation (2019) are the Building Blocks and Launching phases. These phases are both 6 months in duration and are necessarily short to ensure momentum and show progress at an early stage.
The outcome of the programme will be a high performing policing service that operates to the highest ethical standards and is equipped, enabled and empowered to respond to the needs of the community.
You can read the Plan ‘A Policing Service for the Future - Implementing the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland’ in full here.