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Volunteering with the Garda Reserve

Hear directly from members about their experiences

Volunteering with the Garda Reserve

What is a Garda Reserve?

The Garda Reserve consists of voluntary unpaid members, drawn from the community to assist the existing Service. Garda Reserve members have limited Garda powers while on duty. They perform policing duties as determined by the Commissioner under the supervision of, and accompanied by, full time Gardaí. The role of the Garda Reserve is to provide local patrols and participate in crime prevention initiatives targeted at specific local problem areas. Reserve Gardaí will be involved in policing major incidents and events, and in providing other operational support to full time Gardaí.

Hear what volunteers have to say about their experiences ...

Entry to the Garda Reserve

  • Be aged between 18-60.
  • Be a national of European Member State, an EEA State or the Swiss Confederation.
  • Be legally in the state for five years.
  • Be in good health with good vision.
  • Be of good character.
  • Have completed the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examination.

(Some restrictions apply. For full list please visit here)

Duties of a Garda Reserve

Community Engagement & Public Safety

  • Community/Neighbourhood Policing.
  • Foot patrol, accompanied by a member of the full-time Garda service.
  • Station duty, other than the care and custody of prisoners
  • Station orderly
  • Communications room duty, to include monitoring CCTV.
  • Duty at the outer cordon of major events such as festivals and major sporting events.

Confronting Crime

  • Static security duty.
  • Giving evidence in court.
  • Serving Summonses.

Roads Policing

  • Road Traffic checkpoint duties, accompanied by a full time member.
  • Issue of FCPS notices where offenses are detected.
  • Assisting in the event of accidents, fires and major emergencies.
Volunteering with the Garda Reserve is a great way to gain insight in to what working as a full time member of An Garda Siochana is all about. 

Garda Reserve Tomás Barrett and Garda Trainee Rachel Grogan give an insight into what volunteering with the Reserve is really like in the video below and how the experience helped inform their decision to join the full time force. 



For more information click here.

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