That's ridiculous - the vast majority of rank and file are decent men and womenThe Gardai have never been the servants of the people . Ever !! Bunch of crooked clockpunching gangsters just like their masters .
It is not ridiculous ! People say all the time that there are decent cops too , but where were all the decent cops to stick up for McCabe ?? Where were all the decent cops for the McBrearty family ?? The cops are like a secret society and they never fail to cover up for each other . I'll bet there's not one Garda's wife in the country with a penalty point on her licence . The Gardai are rotten from the top down and if you ever have cause to complain about a Garda you'll realise that the Ombudsman too is there for the cops and not for the people .That's ridiculous - the vast majority of rank and file are decent men and women
- of course there are corrupt and inefficient members
But the real malaise for AGS is cultural
- they are no longer a visible presence at ground level
I know its a cliché but we need more Gardaí out on the Beat...
Last week I walked from Parnell square to Baggot Street without seeing one Garda or patrol car (I did see one around the corner of the GPO and he was leaning up against a pillar trying to hide it looked like). There are never any around especially at the weekend. We were in Lisbon a couple of weeks ago and the amount of police driving and patrolling would make you jealous and this is the third safest country in the world, I wonder why. We are living in a failed state and the hoards will be coming with their pitchforks and torches sooner than you think.The days of community policing, where everyone knew their local Garda and built up a sense of trust and friendship are largely gone.
The bureaucratic busybodies have turned the Gardaí into glorified administrators.
The biggest drawback of this development has been the lack of a Garda presence on the street to reassure law abiding citizens that they will be looked after should some scumbag look to cause trouble. The situation in Dublin is laughable; where all of the cities scumbags are free to engage in criminal activity and antisocial behaviour at will. Can anyone remember the last time they saw a Garda strolling around Dublin city?