Garda system gives the dead back their Pulse; 'Sightings of deceased' recorded.
Byline: GAVIN O'CALLAGHAN
GARDAI have mistakenly logged the movements of dead people on their computer system, it emerged yesterday.
Statistics on the force's Pulse system included alleged sightings of homicide victims who were not actually reported as deceased.
These anomalies were noticed during an internal review of crime statistics compiled between 2003 and 2016.
This review found more than 200 people who had died by homicide, along with 100 who had died in road traffic incidents, never had their deaths offi-cially recorded. The probe has raised serious questions over the standard of data the force provides with one explanation given these deaths may have occurred sometime after the incidents.
The Pulse system, which cost the taxpayer [euro]61.3million to set up and a further [euro]12.88million updating, has been under huge scrutiny in recent years with homicide classifications already under an "ongoing" review.
A previous review of more than 500 domestic deaths from 2013 to 2015 raised questions over 41 cases - a review of these cases saw 12 of them being upgraded to homicides.
Gardai have been briefed on the latest findings and are now correcting the errors according to the Sunday Independent.
It reported there are worries data on the system is far less accurate than previously thought. Gardai had said the cases were investigated properly despite the mistake in classification but two analysts disputed that claim before the Oireachtas committee saying some were never treated as homicides.
A Garda spokesman told the Irish Mirror: "Our review of homicides and homicide classification from 2003 to 2016 is ongoing.
"If we or other stakeholders identify any issues we will keep all relevant parties including the Policing Authority informed."