08 September 2016

Fitzgerald announces new Garda recruitment campaign

Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, today announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for members of An Garda Síochána.
This new campaign will continue the ongoing accelerated recruitment to fulfil the Government’s commitment to increase the strength of An Garda Síochána to 15,000 members.
Announcing the new campaign Fitzgerald said: “Today is a very important day for An Garda Síochána. It marks the formal launch on www.publicjobs.ie of the commencement of a recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána. It reflects the Government’s commitment to seamless ongoing recruitment to An Garda Síochána to ensure that the service is renewed and has the capacity to provide visible, responsive and effective policing to every community throughout the country.”

Taking account of projected retirements, reaching a strength of 15,000 will require some 3,200 new Garda members to be recruited on a phased basis over the next four years in addition to the 1,200 that will have been recruited by the end of this year since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014. So far 534 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and are on the ground in communities nationwide. Another 150 recruits are due to attest later this year.
Fitzgerald continued: “It is essential to ensure that An Garda Síochána has the capacity to train larger numbers without any diminution in the quality of its training programme, and to provide appropriate supervision and support to newly qualified Gardaí to ensure that victims and the public are well served. I welcome the detailed planning process that the Commissioner and her team have in place to ensure the delivery of increased numbers of Gardaí without any compromise on the quality of those recruited or the training programme.  
“The new campaign will, in addition to an Irish language stream, include a special stream for eligible members of the Garda Reserve who give their time on a voluntary basis to support the work of An Garda Síochána. This special stream was introduced for the first time in the existing campaign and has worked well.
“I encourage all those interested in joining An Garda Síochána to access the website of the Public Appointments Service and submit their application at www.publicjobs.ie
In particular, I urge members of minority and new communities to consider applying so that the membership of An Garda Síochána will reflect the diverse communities that it serves.”   
The existing recruitment campaign (launched last November) is ongoing and successful candidates will continue to be called from that campaign this year and into next year. It is expected that successful candidates from the new campaign will enter the Garda College from mid-2017.  
Notes for editors
Applications must be made through www.publicjobs.ie.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 September 2016.  
Successful candidates are required to undergo a two year training programme leading to a BA in Applied Policing. The two year programme comprises a 32 week block of tuition at the Garda College in Templemore with a further 72 weeks of on the job experiential learning.