Law enforcement

  • The Garda Síochána is the national police force. It has responsibility for carrying out all policing duties in the State.

  • The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission or Garda Ombudsman is an independent agency that deals with complaints from the public about members of the Gardaí.

  • If you are a victim of a crime you should contact the Gardai. Find out how to report a crime.

  • There are laws in place designed to give the Gardai (Irish police force) clear and comprehensive legal powers to deal with crowd control.

  • The Criminal Justice Act 2006 has provisions dealing with anti-social behaviour by adults. These provisions allow gardaí to deal with anti-social behaviour through a civil process using behaviour warnings and orders or ASBOs.

  • The Adult Cautioning Scheme can be an alternative to prosecution for certain offences where a caution is considered to be in the public interest.

  • The courts can impose restrictions on the movements of those convicted of some minor offences as an alternative to imposing a custodial sentence. Find out when they are used here.

  • The Director of Public Prosecutions is responsible for the prosecution of people charged with committing crimes in the State.