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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."

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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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