2016 to see 600 new Garda Recruits

Date Published : November 29th, 2015    Published By : admin

When the moratorium on Garda recruitment ended in 2013, over 24,000 applications were received for an initial 300 posts which, according to the Garda Commissioner is partly because of the variety of the roles within the services, ranging from Community Policing to Detective work and Forensics, from working with our Dog Unit to being part of the Mounted Unit.

Secondments to overseas police services and to the United Nations also offer career development opportunities. Few organisations can offer such a wide variety of career options, experiences, and training and educational opportunities.

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Garda Commissioner Nóirín O' Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald with Garda Students in Templemore. (Pic: Declan Keogh)

Announcing the recruitment campaign of 600 new gardai for 2016, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan said “We've always attracted way more applicants than available positions. We want to build on that, attracting people from every strand of Irish life to help us renew our culture while retaining our best traditions."

"When I joined An Garda Síochána in 1981, I was one of a tiny minority of women, now, over a quarter of Gardaí are women. I hope that trend continues, just as I hope we get lots of applications from every strand of Irish society. Why? Because we are of the community and should reflect the changes in our communities. We already have different nationalities and backgrounds represented in An Garda Síochána, but not enough. I want people of every background, right throughout the country, to think about joining us and help to make us a beacon of modern policing."

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.

The Commissioner said "being a member of An Garda Síochána can be an incredibly rewarding career. It's about working with the community, and protecting and supporting individuals and communities. It also demands courage. And, above all, it demands high standards. Culture cannot be imposed from the top –we need all our people to work with us to create an organisation that attracts and rewards people of the highest calibre."

There are currently more than 500 trainee Gardaí studying for a BA in Applied Policing. Over 290 of these are attested and serving in local communities.

Applications to join An Garda Síochána must be made through www.publicjobs.ie <http://www.publicjobs.ie/> . The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 5th January 2016.

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