An Garda Síochána
An Garda Síochána, the national police Service, is the body responsible for maintaining law and order in the Republic of Ireland, and also for investigating reports of crime by victims.
Reporting a crime
If possible you should report a crime to your local Garda Station. The contact details of stations country wide are available at http://www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx
If you have concerns about reporting an incident and the consequences of doing so, you can contact our helpline in confidence and discuss these with one of our volunteers.
What to expect when reporting a crime
You will be asked to give a formal statement to the Garda, which will be written down by the Garda and then given to you to read over before you will be asked to sign. It will be necessary for you to explain, in detail, the crime which took place. The Garda will then read it back to you and once you are happy that the statement accurately reflects your complaint, you will be asked to sign it. You may request a copy of your statement.
The Garda will then explain the investigation process to you and provide you with the name, telephone number and station of the investigating Garda. Once you have given your statement the matter will then be investigated by the Gardaí. When the investigation is complete the case is referred to the Garda Superintendent or to the DPP for a decision on prosecution.
For less serious crimes such as public order offences, some traffic offences and minor assaults, the case is prosecuted by the Gardaí in the District Court. For more serious crimes the file is referred to the DPP who decides where and whether to prosecute or not. In these cases the prosecution is carried out by the office of the DPP, usually in the Circuit or Central Criminal Court.
If you have any questions on the Garda Investigation please see our FAQ section or contact us on our helpline at Free Phone 116 006
About the Garda Liaison Service
What to expect form the Gardaí in support of victims of crime
Victims who are tourists are referred to the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS).
The Gardaí, on request by a victim, also interact with support services at a local level to ensure adequate support.
Garda Charter for Victims of Crime - their commitment to victims
The Gardaí will establish a helpful and supportive relationship with victims, with special regard for their needs and concerns.
Special arrangements will be made for different categories of victims, including older people, people with any form of disability and victims of rape and domestic violence.
If you are not satisfied with the Garda investigation the following options are available:
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