THE GARDA Ombdsman has received several complaints from the public after agents across the country took part in a viral dance challenge.
The Garda Jerusalema dance was uploaded to social media last week, after Irish police were challenged by police in Switzerland, and immediately went viral.
Many have praised the Gardaí for lightening the mood and making people smile at a time when many are struggling under Ireland’s third and most difficult national lockdown – but not everyone was happy.
Garda’s ombudsman confirmed receiving a flood of complaints from the public about the dance, with some saying it was a waste of Garda’s time and resources.
A GSOC spokesperson told Irish media Extra.ie that “the GSOC has received a number of phone calls and emails (eight in total) from people wishing to complain about the ‘Jerusalem’ video.”
Previously, Garda’s ombudsman took to Twitter where they shared Garda’s original dance and wrote in a caption: “We would like to confirm that the GSOC will NOT take complaints about these dancers.
“Nice moves,” they added.
We would like to confirm that the GSOC will not take any complaints regarding these dancers. Nice movements. https://t.co/do6OtKMhqs
– Guard Ombudsman (@GardaOmbudsman) February 2, 2021
The GSOC is investigating complaints against An Garda Síochána when a member of the public is “directly affected or witnessed conduct that would constitute misconduct on the part of the guards”, and it is understood that the Jerusalema dance challenge does not did not meet these criteria.
The viral dance challenge led to the participation of hundreds more across Ireland, with nursing homes, coast guards and other frontline workers also going viral for their efforts.