Recruitment for the Garda Reserve is ongoing and the Public Appointments Service (PAS) deals with all inquiries. The PAS hold interviews on a rolling basis at a range of locations around the country.
Candidates must have obtained in the Leaving Certificate 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 Applied Leaving Certificate,
- Like Grades in another examination, that, in the opinion of the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, is not of a lower standard than the above.
- 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 these requirements if satisfied that the person has personal attributes which otherwise render him or her suitable to be admitted as a reserve trainee. (This only occurs in exceptional circumstances).
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
- Dental Caries
- Defective Hearing
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:
Notwithstanding any other provision of these regulations, the Garda Commissioner may not recruit a person for admission as a reserve trainee if it appears to the Commissioner that the person is generally unsuitable for such admission.
- 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 service
- Is a bailiff
- Is a prison officer
- Is a practicing barrister or a practicing solicitor
- For reward or personal gain, manages or conducts, or assists in the management or conducting of, a concern or premises which is required by law to be operated under a licence, permit or certificate, the grant of which may be opposed by An Garda Síochána
- Provides a security service within the meaning of the Private Security Services Act 2004
- Serves summonses as a spare time activity or
- Is employed in any occupation or holds any appointment or position which, in the opinion of the Garda Commissioner, may cause a conflict of interest with the proper discharge of the duties of a reserve member.
Application Process for the Garda Reserve
The first step is to access the www.publicjobs.ie website and ensure that you meet the criteria (as outlined in the Garda Reserve Frequently Asked Questions section) see FAQ). The Public Appointments Service will then contact you if you meet the criteria when the area you live in is being targeted for recruitment.
- Interview - The Public Appointments Service will schedule you for an interview on an agreed date. This interview will be held locally - for Dublin it will be held at the Public Appointments Service, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 and outside Dublin at a nominated venue within the region. You will be interviewed by a member of the Public Appointments Service and a retired officer of An Garda Síochána.
- Written Test - A short report writing exercise will take place in conjunction with the interview at the nominated place. The Public Appointments Service will then contact you and inform you if you have been successful or unsuccessful at the interview and report writing stage.
- Application Form - On successfully passing the interview and report writing stage you will be notified by the Public Appointments Service to download the Application Form BR from the http://www.publicjobs.ie website. You should complete the form on your personal computer then print the form and attach a recent passport size photo which you should bring to your local Garda station to be signed and witnessed by a member of An Garda Síochána.
- Local Interview - Your local Garda station will contact you and arrange for you to meet a local member of An Garda Síochána and the District Superintendent for a brief interview.
- Security Clearance & Medical - If you are successful at interview, once the Garda Reserve Office gets the required security clearance, you will be called to complete a medical examination (some medicals may be conducted prior to security clearance).
- Training - Those successful at the medical and who have cleared all the security clearance processes will be invited to attend training to become a member of the Garda Reserve.
- Phase 1: 2 Day Induction Course in the Garda College, Templemore Co. Tipperary covering the following areas: Introduction to An Garda Síochána, Human Rights, Discipline, Ethics and Organisational Culture. This course takes place over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
- Phase 2: Two weeks all inclusive course to be held in the Garda College (Monday to Friday only, not including weekends). This training will include legal instruction on the Road Traffic Acts, Arrestable Offences, Assaults, Public Order, Garda Powers, Taking Crime Reports and Garda IT systems
- Phase 3: 2 days training in the Garda College consisting of role play exercises, radio procedures, self-defence and handcuff techniques. This training takes place over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
- Phase 4: 40 Hours on-the-job training at evenings and weekends at allocated station to include accompanied beat patrol and station duty
- Phase 5: 1 day Attestation and Graduation ceremony in the Garda College