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Policing authority gets dossier about cancelled 999 calls

A long-awaited independent report into the controversy surrounding gardaí cancelling more than 200,000 emergency 999 calls has been submitted to the Policing Authority, the Sunday Independent understands.

The findings of the interim will be examined in full by the independent authority before it conducts “sustained questioning” of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at the end of the month.

In July, the authority appointed Derek Penman to independently review An Garda Síochána over the cancelled calls issue.

Mr Penman is a former assistant chief constable of Police Scotland.

He started at the beginning of August and his analysis was due to be submitted to the Policing Authority by August 30.

However, this deadline was extended. He has now submitted his interim report and the authority will begin its examination tomorrow.

The Sunday Independent recently revealed how a garda whistleblower had provided key information to investigators examining the 999 controversy. 

A senior serving garda has provided “integral intelligence” in relation to the matter, which is also under investigation by the force.

An internal garda review had previously established more than 200,000 emergency callouts were not properly responded to over a 22-month period between 2019 and 2020.

It emerged in mid-October an additional 19,000 emergency calls were potentially cancelled by gardaí without going through proper procedures and in spite of the public controversy.

Mr Harris confirmed the calls were being looked into with two incidents of particular concern identified so far.

He said it was too early to say if procedures were being frustrated or circumvented, or if the issue involved human error.

Senior sources say the whistleblower has provided details of how gardaí used a WhatsApp group to discuss how to circumvent dealing with 999 calls. This is now a major focus of investigations.

“This is a problem that is not going away,” a source said.

On November 30, Mr Harris is to appear before the Policing Authority in a public meeting which is expected to be live-streamed.


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