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.

Interviews may take place at your station, home, another Garda station, at the GSOC offices in Dublin, Longford or Cork, or any other suitable venue to be agreed.

The interview may be recorded, with your consent.

In criminal investigations, in accordance with your legal right, you will be cautioned before interview if the investigator considers that you are in jeopardy of prosecution. Your legal representative will be allowed to attend if you wish.

If you decline to cooperate with the investigation and are suspected of committing offences for which powers of arrest and detention exist, you may be detained. Chapters 1 & 2 of the Protocols between AGS and GSOC give more detail on this.

GSOC investigators do not provide a transcript or copy of the recording of any interviews until the investigation is concluded, unless the investigator can be sure that it will not have a “harmful effect” on the investigation. (The same practice is applied to gardaí as to anyone else
interviewed during the investigation, in the interest of fairness.) Should the DPP decide to prosecute and the case goes to court, you will be provided with a copy of your statement, to refresh your memory before giving evidence.

  • Can I make a complaint to GSOC about garda misconduct myself?

    Under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, a Garda member cannot make a complaint about Garda behaviour in the same way that a member of the public can. However, under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, gardaí and others working for the Garda Síochána may now confidentially disclose allegations of wrongdoings within the Garda Síochána, to a member of the Ombudsman Commission. Find out more by clicking on Protected Disclosures. Read More
  • What should I expect if I am involved in a matter referred to GSOC?

    If you are involved in a matter which is referred to GSOC, you will most likely be aware of this fact at the time. Otherwise you may find out when you are contacted by a GSOC investigator working on the case and asked to assist in establishing the facts. 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
  • Will GSOC send my complaint back to the Garda Síochána?

    If your complaint is dealt with by informal resolution or if it is a criminal matter, it will be dealt with by a GSOC officer. If it is about a possible breach of Garda discipline, then it will most likely be dealt with by a senior Garda officer on our behalf. Sometimes GSOC will decide to supervise these investigations. If we do not supervise and you are unhappy with the outcome, you are entitled to ask us to review how the investigation was undertaken by the Garda officer. 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
  • 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