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.