The Victims’ Rights Alliance submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland

The Victims’ Rights Alliance has provided a submission to Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland

The Victims’ Rights Alliance acknowledges that the Commission, in its Terms of Reference, has been tasked with several functions. The VRA submissions offer solutions to some of the policing challenges from a victim’s perspective. We focus on the necessity for leadership within An Garda Síochána when it comes to victim’s issues and the proper resourcing and management of an office which is responsible for implementing the Victim’s Directive and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017. Only with leadership, decision making structures, resources, communication between different departments within An Garda Síochána and outside of it and appropriate training for all members, will An Garda Síochána be able to evolve into an international leader on policing.

The VRA makes a number of Recommendation relating to:
I. Leadership in An Garda Síochána on Victim’s Rights
II. Cultural Shift – Management Structure to implement the Victim’s Directive and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017
III. The best ideas for change may come from within An Garda Síochána
IV. Garda Intranet
V. Victims Portal: Track-my-crime
VI. Training
VII. Monitoring: Statistics on the implementation of the Victim’s Directive and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017
VIII. An Garda Síochána should have a strategy and policy with respect to equal access to justice and protection for all victims of crime
IX. Governance Procedures: The establishment of a Victims Ombudsman’s Office

The VRA Submission are available at: Submissions to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland – Victims Rights Alliance Public Version

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