122 out of 148 new gardaí were attested today at An Garda Síochána.
Today’s attestation brings the number of gardaí sworn into the service to 14,411. 72% are while and 28% female. There are also 429 Garda Reserves and 3,388 Garda staff.
There are 235 gardaí currently in training. 26 more gardaí will be attested in the coming weeks bringing the number including todays to 148.
These members of An Garda Síochána commenced their Garda training in May 2021, during the Covid-19 pandemic and have undertaken a blend of on-line learning, on-site learning in the Garda College, and experiential learning in training Garda stations. These 148 Garda trainees will now take on operational responsibilities.
Commissioner Drew Harris said, “These new Gardaí were willing to come forward to pursue a career in An Garda Síochána at a critical time during a global pandemic, and very quickly adjusted to a model of hybrid learning. So from the very outset they have shown their ability and commitment to protecting the public.
“Our new Gardaí will help implement community policing initiatives, crime detection and prevention, and supporting the vulnerable, particularly during the on-going pandemic. It is very welcome that 27% of the Gardaí attested are female. We are already above the European average for our level of female Gardaí and we want to increase this further in the coming years.”
Commissioner Harris added, “An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation. Along with the new Gardaí today, we have 235 currently in training. We will also shortly launch our recruitment campaign with 800 recruit Gardaí to commence training this year. In addition, we are continuing to reassign Gardaí from administrative duties to operational duties.
“I wish to congratulate each Garda, and their families on their attestation today. It is a very proud day for you all, and you are most welcome to An Garda Síochána. I look forward to us working together to keep people safe,” concluded Commissioner Harris.