Can GSOC investigate conduct of off-duty or retired gardaí?


Sometimes. A complaint against a garda member can be admitted if it concerns conduct off-duty which would be likely to bring discredit on the Garda Síochána. Investigations following referral, or initiated in the public interest, can look into the conduct of off-duty gardaí.

Former gardaí

GSOC can admit and investigate complaints against former gardaí.

Because the Discipline Regulations no longer apply to them, it may not make sense to undertake (or continue) a disciplinary investigation. However, any allegation of criminal behaviour by a serving garda, who has since retired or resigned, can be investigated and a file sent to the DPP as normal.

Off-duty gardaí

  • A complaint regarding the conduct of an off-duty garda member may be admitted if the alleged conduct, if proven, would be likely to bring discredit on An Garda Síochána (according to section 87(3)b) of the Act).
  • Section 102 does not differentiate between a garda who is on duty or otherwise, so An Garda Síochána may refer incidents to GSOC where death or serious harm has occurred following contact with an off-duty garda member.
  • GSOC may also initiate a public interest investigation in relation to the conduct of a member either on-duty or off-duty.
  • How is Informal Resolution done?

    It is a means of resolving situations more quickly and effectively and without the need for a formal investigation under the Discipline Regulations. Time taken to close these cases is about one-third of the time taken to close formal disciplinary investigations. Read More
  • How will I be notified of a complaint made against me?

    Depending on whether the complaint is admissible or inadmissible, and depending on how it is to be dealt with if it is admissible, there are different notification processes set out in the Act. Read More
  • Can GSOC have my car released?

    Cars can only be released on payment of the relevant fine. Depending on who issued the fine, there are different appeals processes in place to try to get your money back if you believe the fine was unjustified. Read More
  • What does GSOC do about false or misleading information?

    Section 110 of the Act provides for penalties by way of fine and/or imprisonment for any person who knowingly gives information that is false or misleading to the Garda Ombudsman. Where we believe that there is sufficient evidence that such an offence has been committed, we send a file to the DPP. Read More
  • What happens following a referral under section 102?

    If a matter is referred to GSOC under section 102, GSOC must investigate, with a view to establishing the facts of the situation and clarifying whether it may have resulted from garda misconduct. In many cases, this will require a GSOC investigator or team of investigators to attend the scene of an incident and work closely with An Garda Síochána teams there. Read More
  • Can GSOC get a Fixed Charge Penalty Notice cancelled?

    No. You need to contact the FCPN office to appeal an FCPN which you believe is unjustified. Read More