In Summary - Garda / Trainee
Garda / Trainees typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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Marianne Cusack, Garda Sergeant
Marianne is a Sergeant currently teaching in the Garda College in Templemore specialising in the area of investigative interviewing. Marianne has worked in many operations within An Garda Síochána including community policing, The Garda National Drug Unit and Operation Trace.
Steven Kilgannon, Garda Trainee
Steven Kilgannon is a Garda Trainee in Templemore Garda College. Steven had previously worked in the hospitality sector where he gained relevent experience in complaint handling and the development of his communication skills. Steven strongly recommends joining the Garda Reserve for a real insight into what the job entails.
The Work - Garda / Trainee
The primary responsibilities of An Garda Síochána include, but are not limited to the following functions:
- Ensuring our nation’s security;
- The prevention and detection of crime;
- Enhancing community safety;
- Reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety;
- Working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour;
- Promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life.
The service that the Gardaí provide today is both complex and highly specialised. There are a variety of specialist units to which members of the service (with three years experience of uniformed policing duties) can apply to join, such as The Drug Squad, The Serious Crimes Squad, Community Police, The Dog Unit, The Fraud Squad, The Emergency Response Unit, Juvenile Liaison Section, Training College, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit and many more.
Promotion opportunties within An Garda Síochána are available to those with the required skills - ranks are as follows:
- Chief Superintendent
- Assistant Commissioner
- Deputy Commissioner
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
- Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
- Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
- Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
- Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
- Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
- Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
- Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
- Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
- Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes and interview principals and eyewitnesses.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Interests - Garda / Trainee
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Applicants for the Gardaí must be of good character and be certified by a Registered Medical Practitioner (nominated by the Garda Commissioner after consultation with the Minister) to be of good health, of sound constitution, and physically and mentally fit to perform the duties of a member of the Service. You must also pass a Physical Competence Test.
You should enjoy working with people. You need to be able to deal with people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. Verbal and written communication skills are important. You should be tactful and patient at all times.
It is important that you can handle difficult situations with sensitivity. Good judgement is an essential quality. Decision-making skills and initiative are also important. You also need to be able to cope well in a crisis. Close attention to detail will help you to solve crimes and spot suspicious events or circumstances.
Physical Competency Test
The requirement to be of a specific height has been removed and replaced with a physical competency test. The Physical Assessment is comprised of a Physical Competency Test (PCT) and a Physical Fitness Test. All elements of the Physical Assessment must be passed at the pre-entry level.
A PCT Garda Training Video is Available here
Applicants must be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age on midnight of the closing date for the competition specified in the advertising campaign to which the admission relates.
Entry Requirements - Garda / Trainee
Entrants to An Garda Síochána undertake the BA in Applied Policing (D-157) at the Garda College in Templemore. This is a 2-year programme.
Application for the position of Garda Trainee is made online through the Public Appointments Service. To receive notification of Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns as they arise you can register as a member of Public Jobs.
To be eligible for selection as a trainee you must be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age. For the current Garda Trainee recruitment campaign this means you must be aged 18 by midnight of the 1st June, 2017 (i.e. born between 31st May 1982 and 1 st June 1999).
Educational requirements (As of May 2017)
(A) Have obtained an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in five subjects at ordinary level*,
(B) have a Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ),
(C) have a recognised qualification (at level 5 or greater), deemed comparable to the above in terms of both level and volume of learning as determined by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
(D) Must have a proven proficiency in two languages, one of which must be Irish or English. Such competency may be proven by achieving the relevant grades in an Irish leaving Certificate, or for English or Irish through such assessments as set out by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).
*Subjects taken at Foundation Level Leaving Certificate are not considered equivalent for entry to this competition.
The Public Appointments Service may verify the validity of qualifications other than the Irish Leaving Certificate with QQI. Applicants should not contact QQI directly. Candidates may however refer to www.naric.ie which offers advice on the academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland.
See FAQs on the Careers area of An Garda Siochána for detailed information on additional entry requirments including nationality.
Note: Entry requirements and procedures for any new Garda recruitment campaign may differ from past campaigns - always the check the latest campaign guidelines.
Last Updated: May, 2017
Pay & Salary - Garda / Trainee
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 23k - 46k
Garda Trainees receive an allowance of €184 per week for the 32 weeks leading to attestation.
On appointment to the Service, a Probationer Garda will be paid €23,171 rising by increments to a
maximum of €45,793 per annum after 19 years (October, 2013 rates).
Members of the Service may also
qualify for other allowances.
Public Appointment s Service
Last Updated: December, 2015
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Garda / Trainee
No shortages have been identified for this occupation.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Garda / Trainee
Public Appointments Service
Garda Siochana College