Who can I talk to if I am concerned about a GSOC investigation?


If you have any general questions about the way GSOC operates which are not answered here, we will do our best to answer them. Your GSOC case officer can discuss any case-specific concerns with you. An Garda Síochána Employee Assistance Service is a confidential service to discuss any life situation causing concern.
  • If you have any general questions about the way GSOC operates which are not answered here, see the Garda Síochána portal (click on HR\Internal Affairs\Complaints) for more detailed information. If your question is still not answered, you can e-mail info@gsoc.ie in confidence and you will receive a response within five working days.
  • If your question or concern is related specifically to your own case and you have received the contact details of a GSOC officer looking after it, you can call them to discuss this.
  • If you are particularly upset or under unusual stress, you should seek medical or other professional assistance.
  • An Garda Síochána Employee Assistance Service is a confidential service available to all members of the Garda Síochána to discuss any life situation that is causing worry, anxiety, stress or similar.
  • You may also contact your representative association for advice or assistance.
  • What happens following a referral under section 102?

    If a matter is referred to it 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
  • Is GSOC part of the Garda Síochána?

    No, we are an independent body. Read More
  • What information can GSOC disclose about its investigations

    In deciding what and to whom certain information is disclosed, GSOC must balance its confidentiality and privacy obligations with its duty to be transparent and open in its work. People directly involved in GSOC investigations—including the people who make complaints and the gardaí who are the subject of investigations—have a legal right to be kept informed of the progress of the investigation which relates to them (click below for more information). Read More
  • 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. Read More
  • If GSOC wants to interview me, what can I expect?

    GSOC investigators will make every reasonable effort to accommodate gardaí they need to interview, in terms of date, time and location. 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