119 formal complaints of alleged garda misconduct in Kerry last year

There were 119 formal complaints of alleged garda misconduct in the Kerry Garda Division last year.

Nationally, the number of complaints increased by over 11 per cent last year.

According to freedom of information files, they include allegations of theft, fraud and sexual offences.

The Garda Ombudsman received 1,956 complaints against gardaí last year, which include 3,028 separate allegations.

200 fewer complaints were received in 2019.

Last year the highest number of allegations were made against officers in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, at 982.

That’s followed by 142 in Cork City, 132 in Louth and 119 in Kerry.

Across the country, there were 17 allegations of corrupt or improper practice, and 12 relate to misuse of money or property.

857 complaints remain open, only 11 minor or less serious breaches of discipline have been identified so far.