Features

Keeping a close eye: When it comes to Hybrid Checkpoints, uniformed and armed gardaí of the Frontline, make for a truly effective presence

Some Operation

Operational Policing is as varied and worthwhile as you can possibly imagine, as Editor John O’Keeffe was to find out during a recent sojourn in Dublin North Central I love a good policing operation. There I’ve said it. In actual fact, even a mediocre one would probably do it for me. It’s an event. It has a beginning, a middle […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Features
Badges, buckles, belts & braces

Badges, buckles, belts & braces

Dani Masterson investigates some of the garda paraphernalia worn down through the years An Garda Síochána Badge The Garda Síochána badge is based on the form of the cross with the letters G and S interlaced in the centre. Initially designed by John Francis Maxwell (1880-1948), the Garda Síochána badge was completed in 1966 by the sculptor, Michael Biggs. Biggs […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Features
Cool Kats: Gardaí MJ Carroll and Paul McDonnell of the K-KATS Unit

Station Watch, Blanchardstown: Cool for K-KATS

Having spent a day with the gardaí of Blanchardstown Garda Station, Editor John O’Keeffe can only wonder at the amount of work that is juggled on a daily basis Visiting the Frontline in Blanchardstown Garda Station, and their boss Superintendent Liam Carolan, is an eye opener – on so many levels it’s difficult to know where to begin – but […]

by · August 10, 2019 · Features
Launching ‘reassurance bombs’ from The Bridewell

Launching ‘reassurance bombs’ from The Bridewell

Station Watch: THE BRIDEWELL, DUBLIN A Bridewell was originally a ‘prison or reform school of petty offenders.’ Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin to see what a modern ‘Bridewell’ looks like The Central Bridewell, in Dublin, a prison for minor offenders, was built to accommodate 130 prisoners in 1901. The Central Bridewell was then […]

by · March 12, 2019 · Features
Hunting the Wolf

Hunting the Wolf

‘Lone Actor’ Terrorism hasn’t gone away. Jeff Kenny looks at its relevance in the fight against global terrorism The dilemma facing European Governments in preventing lone actor terrorism is enormous. The ‘lone wolf’ model of attack poses a new challenge for law enforcement and counter terrorism professionals across the EU. Addressing the collected media at an Interpol conference in May […]

by · March 12, 2019 · Features
Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Station Watch: CAVAN GARDA STATION This month, in the light of an uncertain Brexit, John O’Keeffe went to visit Cavan Garda Station, where he found a team with its feet firmly on the ground when it comes to all aspects of modern policing If you want to meet a garda with border policing running through his veins, you need look […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Features
Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

Station Watch: STPRE STREET, DUBLIN John O’Keeffe recently went to visit the Frontline in Store Street and found a group of gardaí with their eye firmly on the job Store Street is a busy garda station – and I mean busy. Spend 15 minutes in their reception area and you will see what I mean. Probationers will often say that […]

by · January 12, 2019 · Features
Nothing compares…

Nothing compares…

Station Watch: NAAS GARDA STATION, CO. KILDARE Visiting Naas Garda Station was a sheer pleasure according to John O’Keeffe as he met with the spine of the Frontline To observe exactly the work of the Frontline as they go about their daily tasks is always a sight to behold. Immeasurable work by modern standards, but so critical to the support […]

by · December 12, 2018 · Features
Capturing the Cops

Capturing the Cops

In his new book, ‘NYPD – Behind the scenes with the men and women of the New York City Police Department’ Mark Condren captures human experience writes Eamon Honan I rish involvement in the NYPD is about as old as the department itself and is celebrated in a new book from Mark Condren called NYPD. Condren’s earlier book, The Guards, […]

by · December 12, 2018 · Features
“We are the servants of the people… not ourselves”

“We are the servants of the people… not ourselves”

As the new Garda Commissioner settles into his position, Drew Harris speaks to Frontline gardaí and of the exciting opportunities that await its membership In the short time since I had the honour and privilege of taking up the role of Garda Commissioner, the dedication and commitment among garda members to protecting and serving local communities has been palpable. During […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Features