550 Garda personnel conferred as Human Rights Champions

Date Published : October 22nd, 2021    Published By : admin


Over 550 Garda members and Garda staff across various ranks and grades successfully completed the Certificate in Policing and Human Rights Law in Ireland accredited by University of Limerick earlier this year.




Today, over 200 Garda personnel from across the Dublin Region were conferred with their certificates from Commissioner Drew Harris, An Garda Síochána and Course Director, Executive Dean University of Limerick Professor Shane Kilcommins.




The remaining Garda personnel, who have successfully completed this course to date, will be conferred with their certificate at Regional award ceremonies over the coming weeks. These successful human rights professionals will embed a network of human rights advocates across An Garda Síochána.










Speaking at this afternoon’s conferring ceremony Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: “Public trust in policing, respect and the protection of human rights are deeply intertwined. In fact, human Rights form the very foundation and purpose of our work as Gardaí. This course reinforces the importance of that approach, and ensures that our personnel are fully equipped with the knowledge and expertise to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of every single person that engages with An Garda Síochána.




“I am very pleased to see so many Garda personnel volunteer to undertake and excel at this course, and I must sincerely thank the University of Limerick for providing such a comprehensive programme to the benefit of us all. Those who have been conferred today will help us maintain public confidence in our organisation, and in turn improve our culture, practices and perceptions for the better.”



Photos Courtesy Garda Press Office


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