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An Garda Sí­ochána 

An Garda Sí­ochána


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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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How We Recruit...
What are the main entry requirements and recruitment procedures?.



Educational requirements

Applicants must:

Applicants must have obtained:

(a) an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in  five subjects at ordinary level*, or                 

(b) a Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of  Qualifications (NFQ), or

(c) 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).

AND

(d) 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.

*Subjects taken at Foundation Level Leaving Certificate are not considered equivalent for entry to this competition. In certain cases a Pass in the Applied Leaving Certificate may be deemed equivalent to an Ordinary Leaving Certificate. In addition, applicants must also have proven proficiency in two languages as set out in 5(d) above.

The Public Appointments Service may verify the validity of qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (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.

Full details of Entry Requirements are available here.

Recruitment Procedures

The recruitment process for An Garda Síochána includes assessment, interview, vetting, physical testing and medical examination. Full details are available on publicjobs.ie.



TRAINING

The B.A in Applied Policing is the Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees. Full details of the programme are available here.

VideoGarda Training - Pre-selection Physical Fitness Test

 

Where to go for current vacancies?

Application to An Garda Síochána is through www.publicjobs.ie - those interested in applying can register to receive notification on the next campaign.

 

Working With Us...
What are the main occupation types employed?
Gardaí throughout the Service are supported in their duties by a number of specialist units. These include:
  • Air Support Unit
  • Mounted Unit
  • Water Unit
  • Fingerprint Unit
  • Photographic Unit
  • Mapping Unit
  • Ballistics Unit
  • Technical Support Services
  • The National Bureau of Fraud Investigation
  • Criminal Assets Bureau
  • Garda National Drugs Unit
  • Garda National Immigration Bureau

There are also units to deal with armed terrorists and criminal gangs.

Membership of these units is open to all members of the Garda Service on completion of three years in mainstream operational police duties.

Career Opportunities for Civilians

Over 2,500 full-time and part-time Civilian Staff work in An Garda Síochána. These staff members are civil servants who provide important support services across a wide range of work areas.

Work areas administered by Civilian Personnel include:
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Finance and Procurement
  • Research and Analysis
Civilian personnel wholly or largely staff several vital operational support areas such as the Garda Central Vetting Unit, the Garda Information Services Centre, and the Fixed Charge Processing Office.

Full details of civilian opportunities are available here.

 

What types of work contract are offered?
  • Full time Garda recruits
  • Part time (voluntary) Garda Reserve
  • Civilian personnel
For more detailed information on the Garda Reserve, please view their full profile here.

 

What are the key attractions?

The Garda Síochána College provides for a continuum of education/training from Trainee Garda stage up to the development of Officers at the highest level. Continuing education/training up to Honours Degree level is provided at regular intervals as member’s progress within the Garda Service.

Members who are promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Inspector undergo an education/development course designed to provide them with the necessary skills of supervision, leadership and communication.

Members promoted to the rank of Superintendent and Chief Superintendent participate in a management education/development programme designed to provide them with the knowledge and skills to manage their respective areas of responsibility.

 

What locations do you operate from?

There are 565 Garda Stations in the Country. Many of these Garda Stations are manned on a twenty four hour basis.

There are many more areas of deployment. These include National Units, for example:
  • The Garda National Drugs Unit
  • The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation
  • The Garda Water Unit
  • The Air Support Unit. 
Other areas of deployment include International missions, for example the U.N. missions to Cyprus.

 

What are the current employment trends?

All members commence employment at Garda rank, except for members who are promoted into An Garda Síochána from the Police Service of Northern Ireland or for those who are successful in the externally advertised position of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.

 

Describe any particular characteristics of your workforce?
Male-Female staff ratio 

In recent years the male-female staff ratio has changed. In 1997 when the strength of An Garda Síochána was 10,960 there were 949 female members which equated to 8.6% of the total organisation. Now, in November 2015, of the 12,843 members, 3,327 are females equating to 25.9% of the organisation.



Age and Service Profile

The age and service profiles of the members of the Organisation were recently calculated as follows:


Age Group Number (as of  Nov 2015) % of Service
24 & Under 89 0.7%
25 - 29 983 7.7%
30 - 34 3170 24.7%
35 - 39 3123 24.3%
40 - 44 2335 18.2%
45 - 49 1235 9.6%
50 and Over 1908 14.8%

Years Service Number % of Service
Up to 4 297 2.3%
5 - 9 4132 32.2%
10 - 14 2555 19.9%
15 - 19 2335 18.2%
20 - 24 1547 12%
25 - 29 559 4%
30+ 1418 11%

 

Who We Recruit...
Career opportunities for school leavers.

The same opportunities are available to school leavers as to graduates. These are outlined below.

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.

 

Career opportunities for college graduates.

The same opportunities are available to anybody that meets the qualification requirements. 

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.

 

Career opportunities for experienced talent.

The same opportunities are available to anybody that meets the qualification requirements.

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.

 

Career opportunities for adults wishing to return to work.

The same opportunities are available to anybody that meets the qualification requirements. 

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.

 

Opportunities for those wishing to gain work experience.

An Garda Síochána facilitates work experience where possible for Students during Transition Year at secondary level only.

Students interested in work experience should write to their local Chief Superintendent in the Division in which they live (contact local Garda Station for details).

The application should include a letter from the relevant school outlining that the student is insured. It should also outline the students name, address, date of birth and previous addresses. The dates of the proposed placement should be outlined and as much notice as possible should be given to arrange a placement.

Students should note that work experience will be in the administrative area and that it will not be possible to provide work experience in the operational Garda field.

The phone number of your local Garda Station is available on the Garda website www.garda.ie.

 


Meet our People...
"If you spend time in the Garda Reserve you know you won't drop out of the full time force."
Garda Trainee
Steven Kilgannon
"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."
Garda
Adam Nolan
"If you are a minority group in Ireland thinking about joining An Garda Síochána - Go for it!"
Garda
Nan Hu
"I was seven years waiting to get in, it's hard to describe how good it felt."
Garda Trainee
Mark Spain
"I was a Garda Reserve for a year and a half, there is no better way to get an insight into the job."
Garda Trainee
Jack McGovern
"There are a lot of cases where being a woman in An Garda Síochána is sometimes required such as dealing with female victims. "
Detective Sergeant
Martha Francis
"To be a Guard you need common sense and some life experience, because the role we have effects peoples lives greatly."
Garda Sergeant
Marianne Cusack
"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.  "
Garda Trainee
Aoife O'Malley
"I love that more often than not I get to work outdoors and meet so many different characters."
Garda
Niamh Briggs
"The job means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances and making life changing decisions. "
Garda
Emilia Gilroy
"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. "
Garda Trainee
Aishling Butler
"People sometimes see the Gardaí as disciplinarians but in a lot of situations we help people who are very emotional and vulnerable."
Probationer Garda
Peter Clifford

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For information on the Garda Reserve, click here 

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 15,000 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.

For information on the Garda Reserveclick here