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Security – it’s a national issue

Security – it’s a national issue

Ireland’s inaugural National Security Summit will be held in February 2020. Its founder, Gerry Waldron, explains its history and purpose The National Security Summit Ireland was launched in September 2019, with a series of interesting and provocative presentations and a panel discussion on ‘Protecting Democracy in the age of disinformation’. The event was a warm-up for ‘Slándáil 2020,’ Ireland’s inaugural […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Modern Policing
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
Anxiety in the Court

Anxiety in the Court

When joining An Garda Síochána, many are unaware of the courtroom realities that await them. Mairead Leen considers   The training that gardaí receive for dealing with the interrogation process that will face them during their careers is, it is suggested, at best, foundational. In Garda College, trainee barristers are drafted in to practice their cross-questioning skills, while the trainee […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Modern Policing, Welfare
Holding back the tiers

Holding back the tiers

“Appointed” or “disappointed” are often the phrases heard after a promotion list is published in An Garda Síochána writes Darren Martin Promotions in An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006 as provided for by the Garda Síochána Act 2005. A person joining An Garda Síochána must have completed probation, usually two years after attestation, and […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Welfare
Time for a ‘C’ change

Time for a ‘C’ change

Jeff Kilkenny looks at An Garda Síochána’s role in promoting, ‘Stay Safe principles’ and what are known as the 6 C’s The majority of frontline members of An Garda Síochána will, in all likelihood, have attended a call in the recent past which involved the threat or mention of some form of weapon. In such cases, the details of the […]

by · September 16, 2019 · Modern Policing
Making it count: Improving how we measure effectiveness in youth justice

Making it count: Improving how we measure effectiveness in youth justice

In 2017, the Research Evidence into Policy Programmes and Practice (REPPP) project began studying administrative data processes in youth justice systems. John Reddy investigate Administrative data is information collected by service providers and primarily is used for record-keeping and risk assessment; case management; monitoring and evaluating programme performance; and ensuring service provider accountability. The policy question was ‘how useful is […]

by · August 10, 2019 · Modern Policing
Dealing with Anxiety

Dealing with Anxiety

Feelings of anxiousness and fear are evident across all police forces. Tara Geraghty considers how gardaí can deal with such work-related stress Working as a member of An Garda Síochána involves dealing with high pressure situations on a daily basis and it is natural to experience feelings of stress or anxiety. However, if these feelings become a regular side effect […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Welfare
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