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 GSOC prosecute or impose penalties or sanctions?

    No, GSOC is an investigative agency only. Following a criminal investigation by GSOC, the DPP takes a decision based on the investigation file whether to prosecute or not. Following disciplinary investigations, the Garda Commissioner takes decisions on any appropriate sanctions or actions. Read More
  • 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
  • Is GSOC part of the Garda Síochána?

    No, we are an independent body. Read More
  • How long do complaint investigations typically take?

    The time taken to close an investigation depends on the level of complexity of the case, but to get an indicator, you can look in the Publications section of the website to find the median time taken to close investigations by type, per quarter. Read More
  • Why am I told that an inadmissible complaint has been made against me and nothing more?

    If you receive a letter saying a complaint was made against you but was deemed inadmissible, this means that no action will be taken in relation to it by the Garda Ombudsman, that is, it will not be admitted for investigation. 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