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Mind your language

Mind your language

Is there still really a need for the Irish language requirement to join An Garda Síochána asks Ciarán O’Neill? In September 2005, the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael Mc Dowell amended the academic requirements for new entrants into An Garda Síochána. He stated that the requirement to have an academic qualification in Irish had effectively ruled […]

by · January 13, 2020 · Features, Modern Policing
The GNBCI Engine Room: Pictured (l – r): Ms. Elaine Tonna-Barthet, EO, Central Admin. Dept; D/Chief Superintendent, Walter O’Sullivan; Ms. Anna O’Connor, HEO, Principal Administrative Officer, Central Admin Dept.

A Bureau to Remember

Editor John O’Keeffe paid a recent visit to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Dublin’s Harcourt Street and found a culture of professionalism in the wallpaper The year? 1979. The boy? A 15-year-old, yours truly. The place? Harcourt Street to visit the legendry Inspector Dennis ‘Dinny’ Mullins – head of the Drugs Squad in Dublin, for a Transition […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Features
Choosing the right armour

Choosing the right armour

In the first of a two-part series, body armour expert Cathriona Frawley examines what needs to be considered by police forces when choosing such essential equipment When the time has come to change your body armour, it is critical to ensure that you are fully armed with all the necessary information to enable your choice of armour to be fully […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 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