Law enforcement

    The Garda Síochána is the national police force. It has responsibility for carrying out all policing duties in the State.

    The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission or Garda Ombudsman is an independent agency that deals with complaints from the public about members of the Gardaí.

    If you are a victim of a crime you should contact the Gardai. Find out how to report a crime.

    There are laws in place designed to give the Gardai (Irish police force) clear and comprehensive legal powers to deal with crowd control.

    The Criminal Justice Act 2006 has provisions dealing with anti-social behaviour by adults. These provisions allow gardaí to deal with anti-social behaviour through a civil process using behaviour warnings and orders or ASBOs.

    The Adult Cautioning Scheme can be an alternative to prosecution for certain offences where a caution is considered to be in the public interest.

    The courts can impose restrictions on the movements of those convicted of some minor offences as an alternative to imposing a custodial sentence. Find out when they are used here.

    The Director of Public Prosecutions is responsible for the prosecution of people charged with committing crimes in the State.