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51 complaints made against Gardaí in Louth so far this year

51 complaints made against Gardaí in Louth so far this year

A total of 51 complaints have been made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission against officers in Co Louth so far this year.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information act show that there have been 957 complaints of malpractice against Gardaí around the country so far in 2019.

In total there are 1,448 allegations which include allegations of theft, fraud, sexual offences and criminal damage.

Almost one-third of the allegations countrywide relate to abuse of authority or neglect of duty.

Ten relate to alleged sexual offences, while 15 relate to theft or fraud and 13 to criminal damage.

One-fifth of the allegations were deemed inadmissible, while more than 800 remain open.

A total of 51 of these relate to the Louth Garda Division.

Frank Thornton, vice-president of the Garda Representative Association, said the number of allegations is down on previous years.

He said: “It’s encouraging from a Garda point of view, because it shows a trend that it is declining.

“And if the trend continues to year-end, the complaints against Gardaí will be down about seven or 8% compared to last year – which also showed a drop compared to 2017”.

Only one of this year’s complaints have been upheld – with a €50 fine imposed on an officer.