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Garda Reserve (Voluntary)

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A voluntary, unpaid member of the Gardaí drawn from the community to assist the existing Garda Service. Garda Reserve members have limited Garda powers while on duty.

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Rasaq Falade
Garda Reserve

Rasaq Falade is a Garda Reserve in Listowel, Co. Kerry. Originally from Nigeria, he studied in IT Tralee where he recieved a BSc Honours degree in Analytical Science. Rasaq works up to sixteen hours a week in the Reserve and can be called upon to assist when there are large events such as football matches or concerts taking place.

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Rodney Cadden, Margaret Daly & David McLoughlin
Garda Reserve

Meet Garda Reserves Rodney Cadden, Margaret Daly and David McLoughlin who are all proud volunteers assisting the organisation over the past number of years to protect and support their local communities. 

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Rachel Grogan and Tomás Barrett
Garda Reserve

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

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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. The mission of the Garda Reserve is to provide an efficient response and a quality service at all times and to enhance partnership between the An Garda Síochána and the local community.

Community Engagement & Public Safety

Working with and being a part of the community is one of An Garda Síochána‟s biggest strengths. We want every Reserve member to make a connection with their local community, to develop an understanding of its needs and how we, with our strategic partners, can make it better. We will ensure that every Reserve member will treat all members of society with respect and that the engagement is helpful and meaningful. The duties of a Garda Reserve will include:

  • 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

Crime prevention is the main priority of An Garda Síochána. Operations are currently focused on high visibility patrolling, targeting criminals and preventing crime from happening. The duties of a Garda Reserve will include:

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

Roads Policing

Working in conjunction with other agencies and the public, road deaths and serious collisions are a priority for An Garda Síochána. The priority in this area is to ensure Ireland has the safest roads possible. The duties of a Garda Reserve will include:

  • 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.

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You must be in good mental and physical health and be of good character.  
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.

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The Public Appointments Service (PAS) deals with all inquiries relating to recruitment for the Garda Reserve. The PAS hold interviews on a rolling basis at a range of locations around the country. 


To be eligible for selection as a Garda Reserve, an applicant must:

(i) Be of good character;

(ii) For the purposes of paragraph (iii), supply to a registered medical practitioner nominated by the Garda Commissioner, a medical certificate, in such form as that practitioner may determine, detailing the person‟s medical history for the previous 5 years;

(iii) Be certified by that registered medical practitioner to be in good health, of sound constitution and fitted physically and mentally to perform the duties of a Reserve member; (iv) Be 18 years of age but not yet 60 years of age when commencing the prescribed training;

(v) (a) Be a national of a European Union Member State,

or (b) Be a national of a European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation;

or (c) Be a Refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996;

or (d) Have had a period of one year‟s continuous residence in the State on the closing date of the advertisement for the competition for the vacancy to which the admission relates, and during the eight years immediately preceding that period, has had a total residence in the State amounting to four years;

(e) Has been granted subsidiary protection, or is a family member of such a person, in compliance with the Garda Síochána (Reserve Members) Regulations, 2006.

Educational requirements 

Before the date of application to be accepted as a trainee, candidates must have obtained in the Irish Leaving Certificate (LCE or LCVP) examination:

  • A grade not lower than B3 at Foundation Level or D3 at another level in Mathematics, and
  • A qualifying grade in 2 languages, 1 of which must be English or Irish, as follows:

English: a grade not lower that D3 at Ordinary Level, Irish: a grade not lower than C3 at Foundation Level or D3 at another level, Other language: a grade not lower than D3 at Ordinary Level, and

  • A grade not lower than D3 at Ordinary Level, in not less than 2 other subjects


  • The Merit Grade in the  Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA),


  • Grades in at least 5 subjects (including mathematics and two languages at least one of which must be either Irish or English), in another examination, of a kind that, in the opinion of the Minister, is of a standard not lower than the standard of either of the examinations referred to above.

Among the qualifications, which are considered as acceptable alternatives to the Leaving Certificate Examination, are the following:

  • Matriculation of a recognised university;
  • A General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level);
  • NCEA / HETAC National Certificate;
  • NCEA / HETAC National Diploma

Applicants with these qualifications must have the required standard in Mathematics, two languages, one of which must be English or Irish, and at least two other subjects.

  • A former member who, on retirement, received an exemplary, very good or good discharge from An Garda Síochána is deemed to meet the requirements.
  • The Garda Commissioner may exempt a person from meeting the requirements of paragraph (vi) if satisfied that the person has personal attributes which otherwise render him or her suitable to be admitted as a Reserve trainee


Is there a height requirement? 
There is no height requirement to join the Garda Reserve. 

What are the physical requirements? 
Successful candidates at stages 1 and 2 of the selection process will also be required to undergo an exacting medical examination by a Registered Medical Practitioner nominated by the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána or by the Chief Medical Officer at Garda Headquarters. Such candidates must be of good mental and bodily health and free from any defect or abnormality likely to interfere with the efficient performance of their duties. Any of the following examples of medical conditions may be a bar to passing the medical examination:

  • Defective Vision (the vision standard required of a Garda Reserve trainee is not less than 6/18, 6/18 correctable to 6/9,6/12, with normal colour vision).
  • Varicose veins
  • Being overweight
  • Albumenuria
  • Dental Caries
  • Defective Hearing
  • Hypertension

Can a reserve police officer from another Country transfer to the Garda Síochána Reserve? 
No, there is no internal transfer process. You must go through the normal recruitment process.

Can a citizen from any country join? 
Applicants to join must

  • Be a national of a European Union Member State, or
  • Be a national of an EEA State or the Swiss Confederation, or
  • Be a refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996, or
  • Have a period of one year's continuous residence in the State immediately before 1 September 2005 and, during the 8 years immediately preceding that period, have had a total residence in the State amounting to 4 years. (Periods of illegal residence or residence as an asylum seeker do not count in the qualifying 5 year period).

What are the restrictions on admission to training for the Garda Reserve? 
Notwithstanding that the requirements of Regulation 4 are met, a person may not be recruited for admission as a reserve trainee if the person:

  • Holds a designated certificate, licence or permit i.e. Taxi/PSV Licence, Licence to sell intoxicating liquor
  • Is a member of the Defence Forces
  • Is an officer of the court
  • Is an officer of the probation and welfare servi

    Last Updated: March, 2017

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