Garda Recruitment drive seeks 800 candidates

Date Published : September 9th, 2016    Published By : admin

A new recruitment campaign for Garda Síochána seeks candidates for 800 places in 2017.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan said "From the last two recruitment campaigns, we have seen many highly talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds join An Garda Síochána. We want people from every part of Irish life to help us modernise and professionalise while building on what is best about An Garda Síochána".

The last two recruitment campaigns have attracted significant interest with more than 24,000 and 16,000 applications respectively.

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Garda Students at Garda College, Templemore.
Photo: Declan Keogh

"Not many organisations offer opportunities to work across so many different areas in a career: from working directly with communities, to investigating crime, to being part of specialist operations such as Dog or Water Units, to working overseas with the UN. In An Garda Síochána, every day is different and every day brings a new challenge’ a Garda spokesperson said, adding that the campaign aims to bring more members of minority communities and women into the service.

"This is a job that requires courage, high standards, empathy and dedication to duty. Every day you know you are making a real difference, sometimes small, sometime large to people, communities and the State” said the Commissioner.  "We want to attract, develop and retain the best people by providing them with high quality training, clear career development paths and the opportunity to gain new skills. We already have different nationalities and backgrounds represented in An Garda Síochána, and 25% of the members are women, but more needs to be done. A diverse and inclusive workforce provides the potential to better understand and serve our community. I want people of every background to help us become a 21st century police service”.

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Photo: Garda Commissioner O' Sullivan

An Garda Síochána will be working with the Public Appointments Service to reach as many potential applicants as possible through publicity, social media activity and engagement with representative groups.

Details of how to apply for positions are at Applications to join An Garda Síochána must be made through The closing date for applications is September 29, 2016.

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