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Recruitment Launched For CEO Designate Of New Policing & Community Safety Authority.

A Recruitment Competition launched for CEO designate of New Policing & Community Safety Authority (An tÚdarás Póilíneachta agus Sábháilteachta Pobail) has been launched today.

A competition has been launched to recruit a Chief Executive Officer designate for the forthcoming new agency – An tÚdarás Póilíneachta agus Sábháilteachta Pobail, the Policing and Community Safety Authority (PCSA), latter which will be established following the enactment of the Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill, which is currently before the Seanad.

The competition has been launched by the Public Appointments Service, with the deadline for applications to close at 3:00pm, on Thursday, November 16th, 2023.

Once established, the PCSA will consolidate and enhance the broad-ranging oversight functions of the existing Policing Authority and the expert inspection functions of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate into a new body. This is a key step toward a more cohesive and effective framework for the independent oversight of An Garda Síochána and to help in building stronger, safe communities.

The establishment of the PCSA is one important element of the broad overall suite of changes being delivered under the Policing, Security and Community Bill 2023.

A comprehensive implementation programme is running in parallel with the passage of the Bill, to ensure that the new structures and provisions can be established as soon as possible, following enactment.

The key role of the PCSA will be to review and assess the performance of An Garda Síochána and to promote the continuous improvement of An Garda Síochána in delivering on their mission of ‘Keeping People Safe’. The independent body will benefit from an expert, in-house inspection function, which will have robust inspection powers, including the power to conduct unannounced visits of Garda premises.

The PCSA will also promote inter-agency collaboration and community engagement to improve community safety, including through oversight of Garda cooperation and collaboration with other relevant agencies. This is in line with the policy underpinning the Bill that improving and maintaining community safety is not only the responsibility of An Garda Síochána, but requires a whole-of-Government and cross-society approach.

The PCSA will also continue to fulfil the important public awareness and engagement role of the current Policing Authority, including through regular public meetings with the Garda Commissioner and his senior leadership team.

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