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Police culture & mental health

Police culture & mental health

How does police culture affect the decision-making process of officers following traumatic events asks Alan Campbell? Loyalty is a double-edged sword. While police culture provides a network of supports, keeping quiet or being secretive about any difficulties or problems encountered following trauma is considered an expression and sign of loyalty to the organisation and police culture. However, remaining secretive can […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Welfare, Wellbeing
The police personality

The police personality

How do you ensure that potential candidates are suitable for a career in a police force? Tara Geraghty considers In the USA there is great emphasis placed on the use of psychological screening in the recruitment process of potential police officers. In fact, a person’s performance in the psychological evaluation process can make or break their chances of being accepted […]

by · February 15, 2020 · Modern Policing, Welfare
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
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
Good mental health is a garda’s wealth

Good mental health is a garda’s wealth

As a GRA Wellbeing Survey gets underway, Dr. Finian Fallon examines potential issues  that can affect the lives of the Frontline This is the next step in a difficult conversation that we need to have. Since the infamous destruction of the New York Trade Center in 2001, worldwide, there has been a growing appreciation of the impact of Post Traumatic Stress […]

by · May 7, 2018 · Welfare
The banality of evil

The banality of evil

As gardaí will know too well, those who commit heinous crimes can often appear the most ordinary writes David Carey We demonise violent criminals, arsonists and paedophiles. We need to turn them into something that is totally unlike us. We cannot fathom the nature of their crimes, some of them depraved and unspeakable (like the one I will outline below). […]

by · February 8, 2018 · Welfare
Occupational burnout

Occupational burnout

Few professions create burnout more than that of a police officer writes Finian Fallon – but the frontline too can find their inner Zen Burnout refers a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion, which can be caused by too much exposure to stress over a period of time. Burnout occurs in many people who work in different professions. For […]

by · August 3, 2017 · Welfare
The only thing to fear? Fear itself

The only thing to fear? Fear itself

Gardaí feel fear like everyone else; honing physiques and not considering the mental component is to miss the point, writes Aidan Carroll Many people take to the gym to practice techniques and lift weights in a bid to build a stronger physique. Whilst developing a faster punch and a chiseled six-pack, they often ignore the most important part of training; […]

by · January 25, 2017 · Modern Policing, Welfare
Lest we forget

Lest we forget

It is well established that gardaí need to exercise exceptional mental resilience in their daily work writes Conor Nolan. Have no doubt about it, policing is a job for the mentally tough. It is widely acknowledged that members of An Garda Síochána are expected to deal with an increasing number of potentially traumatic incidents than at any time in recent […]

by · October 7, 2016 · Opinion, Welfare