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Irish Mirror Comment: Long arm of law extends to officers.

ALLEGATIONS of criminal activity by Gardai need thorough and dispassionate investigation.

Members of any law enforcement agency come in for their fair share of sniping.

Nobody rubs shoulders with the criminal fraternity without making enemies who will lash out whenever they get the chance.

Complaints machinery available to the public is a necessary measure.

And we need a channel in order to air grievances to win satisfaction.

Officers must know that they are answerable to the public they serve.

But when Gardai are accused of running a precinct like a gangland turf, tougher measures are needed.

Remote districts can easily fall into the delusion that they are far enough away from headquarters to do as they please.

And Commissioner Pat Byrne has put everything in motion to show that nobody is outside the scrutiny of the law.

The men involved will be given every chance to defend themselves.

They are entitled to the same rights as the criminals they are supposed to protect us from.

But they are bound by the same laws too.
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Date:Mar 7, 2000
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