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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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The Garda Reserve is a voluntary, unpaid body, drawn from the community to assist the existing Service at times when extra personnel are required. Garda reserve members have limited Garda powers while on duty. Reserve members are accompanied at all times by full-time members of the Force.

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

New Video: An insight into volunteering with the Garda Reserve and how the experience helped inform the decision to join the full time force (2017)

The role of the Garda Reserve is to provide local patrols and to participate in crime prevention initiatives targeted at specific local problem areas. Reservists perform policing duties, as determined by the Commissioner.

Duties of a Garda Reserve

Community Engagement and Public Safety
Working with and being 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 can make it better. Duties include:
  • Community / Neighbourhood Policing.
  • Foot patrol, accompanied by a full time member of the 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 visability patrolling, targeting criminals and preventing crime from happening. Garda Reserve members assist with:
  • 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. Garda Reserve members assist with:
  • Road Traffic checkpoint duties, accompanied by a full time member.
  • Issue of FCPS notices where offences are detected.
  • Assisting in the event of accidents, fires and major emergencies.

The first intake of 36 Garda Reserves began training at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary on 30 September 2006. They were assigned to Pearse Street and Store Street in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, Anglesea Street in Cork City, Galway City and Sligo Town stations. These trainees became fully operational members of the Garda Reserve on 15 December 2006 following a graduation ceremony at the Garda College.


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I've always volunteered for something throughout my life so it's always been a part of me to give back to the community. 

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If you are considering becoming a full time member of An Garda Siochána, join the Reserves, get a taster of it, dive in and see what the organisation is all about. 

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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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