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1200 Complaints Made To Garda Watchdog This Year

32 relate to Gardai in Laois and Offaly.

Almost 1,200 complaints have been made to the Garda watchdog this year.  

They include allegations of sexual assaults and abuse of authority by officers. 

These figures have been released by the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission, under the Freedom of Information Act.  

1,182 complaints have been made about gardai this year, and they contain 1,719 allegations of malpractice.  

546 allegations relate to the Dublin Metropolitan Region, and 142 to Cork.  

75 against gardai in Kerry, and 65 to Donegal.  

32 relate to Gardai in Laois and Offaly and 29 reports were about the Westmeath division. 

299 are about neglect of duty, 192 relate to abuse of authority, 16 to criminal damage, two to sexual offences and the others fall under various categories.   

GSOC has upheld only two of this year's complaints so far, but almost half of them are still under investigation. 

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