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.

  • 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
  • Can GSOC get the Garda Síochána to investigate the matter I reported?

    No. We can look into whether any gardaí were in breach of discipline for any neglect of duty, or lack of action. We cannot oblige them to take any action. 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
  • Is GSOC part of the Garda Síochána?

    No, we are an independent body. Read More
  • Can GSOC get the Garda Síochána to return my property?

    No. If your property is part of a Garda investigation, it will be held until the investigation is complete. Then you must ask the Garda Síochána for it back directly. If you cannot get your property back at that stage, GSOC can look into whether any gardaí were in breach of discipline for not returning it. However, while this could result in disciplinary action against a garda, it is not guaranteed to get you your property back. Read More