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I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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Ag obair le Pobail chun iad a chosaint agus chun freastal orthu.
Working with Communities to Protect and Serve.

Ag obair le Pobail chun iad a chosaint agus chun freastal orthu.
Working with Communities to Protect and Serve.
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An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland. The Mission of An Garda Síochána is Working with Communities to Protect and Serve. The Headquarters of An Garda Síochána is based in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.

An Garda Síochána has a long established tradition of working closely with communities all across Ireland. By fostering and maintaining effective community partnerships, and ensuring a more visible Garda presence, An Garda Síochána works to achieve a reduction in crime and the fear of crime in communities.

The general direction and control of An Garda Síochána is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Government. The Commissioner is responsible to the Minister for Justice and Equality who in turn is accountable to the Government for the security and policing of the State.

The Commissioner is assisted by two Deputy Commissioners and a Chief Administrative Officer. In addition, there are a number of Assistant Commissioners in command of Regions with others who have responsibility for critical portfolios such as Crime and Security, National Support Services, Traffic and Organisation Development and Strategic Planning.

There are also a number of Civilian Executive Directors with responsibility for Human Resource and People Development, Finance and Services, and Information and Communications Technology.

An Garda Síochána is a community based organisation with over 14,500 Garda and Civilian employees. It has police officers located in every county in Ireland, listening to, acting and working with the community.




Some of An Garda Síochána’s core functions include:

  • the detection and prevention of crime;
  • ensuring our nation’s security;
  • 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 ranks within An Garda Síochána in descending order are:

  • Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Inspector
  • Sergeant
  • Garda / Reserve Garda

The Organisation is structured on a regional basis, of which there are six. Each Region is sub-divided into Divisions, each under the responsibility of a Chief Superintendent. Each Division is sub-divided into Districts with a Superintendent in charge. There are 28 Divisions and 96 Districts in the State.

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I could be doing anything from preserving a crime scence to questioning prisoners I have arrested.

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Bru Amerlynck
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There are a lot of cases where being a woman in An Garda Síochána is sometimes required such as dealing with female victims. 

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Detective Sergeant
Martha Francis
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People sometimes see the Gardaí as disciplinarians but in a lot of situations we help people who are very emotional and vulnerable.

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Probationer Garda
Peter Clifford
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You can deal with a lot of people from disadvantaged areas so it's important to be able to break down the barriers between them and the uniform.

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Adam Nolan
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The job means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances and making life changing decisions. 

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Garda
Emilia Gilroy
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I was seven years waiting to get in, it's hard to describe how good it felt.

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Garda Trainee
Mark Spain
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To be a Guard you need common sense and some life experience, because the role we have effects peoples lives greatly.

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Garda Sergeant
Marianne Cusack
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If you spend time in the Garda Reserve you know you won't drop out of the full time force.

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Garda Trainee
Steven Kilgannon
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Muna bhfuil Gaeilge ar bith ag na Gardaí ní bheidh siad in ann caint lena daoine sean sa ghaelteacht nach bhfuil Bearla ar bith acu.  

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Garda Trainee
Aoife O'Malley
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Do voluntary work, help your community whether it be community alert or your local GAA club getting involved is the bast way you can prepare. 

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Garda Trainee
Aishling Butler
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I am proud to represent a minority community in Ireland in a positive light as a member of An Garda Síochána.

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Garda Reserve
Rasaq Falade
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If you are a minority group in Ireland thinking about joining An Garda Síochána - Go for it!

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Garda
Nan Hu
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I love that more often than not I get to work outdoors and meet so many different characters.

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Garda
Niamh Briggs
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I was a Garda Reserve for a year and a half, there is no beeter way to get an insight into the job. 

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Garda Trainee
Jack McGovern