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A new roster system designed to more closely match the availability of staff with policing demands has been introduced, on a national pilot basis, in An Garda Síochána from 30 April 2012. The new arrangements aim to match the supply of personnel to peak demand for services, particularly at week-ends and there is also flexibility in changing the roster to police extraordinary events
Further civilianization has been progressed in An Garda Síochána to ensure that limited resources are focused on frontline policing service. Key areas include the Garda Communications Centre, Garda National Immigration Bureau, public counter assistants in Garda stations and the Central Vetting Unit. Also, a pilot project commenced in February 2012 at Dublin Airport with civilian staff from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) carrying out duties as Immigration Control Officers.
Agreement has been reached for all Garda compensation claims to be dealt with by the State Claims Agency. This will reduce costs, especially legal costs, and speed up the processing of such claims.
A new comprehensive performance management system has been developed for An Garda Síochána and is currently being piloted in 3 locations, ahead of full implementation.
The outsourcing of the operation of safety cameras with full roll out of the Safety Camera project has freed up Gardaí for other frontline duties. At full capacity this equates to 16,000 Garda man hours per month.
All members of An Garda Síochána and civilian staff are now paid by electronic fund transfer.