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 Garda Síochána College provides education/training from Trainee Garda stage up to the development of Officers at the highest level. Gardaí throughout the Service are supported in their duties by a number of specialist units, with membership of these units is open to all members of the Garda Service on completion of three years in mainstream operational police duties.
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.
The recruitment process for An Garda Síochána includes assessment, interview, vetting, physical testing and medical examination.
Jack McGovern studied Social Science at UCD throughout which he learned about restorative justice and the origin of policing giving him a good foundation for joining An Garda Síochána. Upon graduating from Templemore Garda College Jack aspires to become a detective in his future career.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
When I was sitting my Leaving Cert, I was unsure whether to study Commerce or Social Science. My ultimate goal was to become a member of An Garda Síochána.
Therefore, I chose to study Social Science in UCD because it had a criminology pathway. Whilst there, I learnt about restorative justice and the origin of policing as we know it today.
Throughout college I worked in my local youth club and refereed schoolboy soccer. Both of these positions made me realise that i really enjoyed working with and helping the community.
Two years ago, I became a member of the Garda Reserve, this is the main reason why I chose to become a fully fledged member. I was stationed in Dublin City Centre where I learned the basics of policing and how to communicate with a broad range of people.
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
To be honest, I decided that I wanted to be a Garda when I was 4 years old. As a child, I was always fascinated with police cars.
As I progressed through my teens, I realised that being in the Guards would be a very fulfilling job as you go out each day to try and help the people around you who rely on you in a time of need.
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
I arrive at college at 8am. I change into my uniform and ensure I look neat and professional. We have a shave each day and ensure our hair is tight.
In the morning we have classes based on Law, human rights, traffic policing, Irish etc. In the afternoon we may have physical training such as PE, self defence, OC Spray training etc.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?