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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
Between a ‘Rock and a hard place

Between a ‘Rock and a hard place

John O’Keeffe visits Frontline gardaí in Blackrock, Co. Dublin and reacquaints himself with old style local policing Nothing much happens when it comes to policing in middle class areas. Right? Wrong. Blackrock Station’s ebullient Superintendent Martin McGonnell is not long putting me straight on this matter – and trust me when you meet a man who has served two tours […]

by · November 15, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
All for one

All for one

Kieran FitzGerald, Commissioner of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, speaks to the Frontline during a time of much change in the Force This edition of the Garda Review is published at yet another time of great significance for the Garda Síochána. The appointment of the new Garda Commissioner demonstrates a desire for a new perspective and a willingness to break […]

by · September 20, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
ERU members appear to be looking heavenward at their training centre as they prepare for the Papal visit.

Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

The Emergency Response Unit is regarded by many as the most elite Unit within the Force. However, when John O’Keeffe spent the week leading up to the Papal visit with them he found humility at their core Mention of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in conversation is likely to meet the type of hushed tones normally reserved for discussions about […]

by · September 20, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
Today’s storm is tomorrow’s gentle breeze

Today’s storm is tomorrow’s gentle breeze

Dublin North Central has a reputation for being the epicentre of the country’s drug problem. However, when John O’Keeffe met the gardaí who work the Frontline there, he discovered a much richer tapestry By John O’Keeffe Let us leave drugs issues aside for one moment when talking about DMR North Central Division of An Garda Síochána. Firstly, this place is […]

by · May 27, 2018 · Features
Promote yourself!

Promote yourself!

An Garda Síochána has recently commenced the roll out of PALF, the competency- based Performance, Accountability and Learning Framework. Paul Franey investigates   Young people who are interested in a career in An Garda Síochána often wonder whether or not they have what it takes to become a ‘good’ garda. There are no hard and fast answers to this question […]

by · May 7, 2018 · Features, Modern Policing
A Parallel Universe

A Parallel Universe

As John O’Keeffe discovered on St. Patrick’s Day, there are two Dublin’s living side by side. In one, thousands are enjoying enjoying a wonderful day in the City Centre. In the other, a drug culture of biblical proportions rages in Dublin North Central.Wedged between these two worlds are the men and women of An Garda Síochána, providing a service to […]

by · March 18, 2018 · Features