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
Promote yourself II

Promote yourself II

After a lengthy public service embargo the competition is tough for promotion and lateral appointments. Sergeant Paul Franey presents a road map for success. The sergeants list was published in May; if your name wasn’t on the list it’s time to start planning the next stage in your career progression. Leaving it to luck, chance or a simple belief it […]

by · August 8, 2016 · Features, Modern Policing, Welfare
Boiling point

Boiling point

Dealing with the public is never an easy task; when you are a garda, further challenges can arise writes Karl Melvin. When dealing with the public it is imperative to remain calm and objective despite the overwhelming emotion that might be projected onto you as a garda. Exposure to intense levels of stress, psychological trauma, substance overload and/or societal pressures, […]

by · May 27, 2016 · Features, Welfare
Inner Garda

Inner Garda

When it comes to psychological self-defense what can police do? Karl  Melvin looks at protecting your inner garda. We live in a society loaded with so many toxic influences it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy state of mind. The never ending flow of bad news in the media, a diet of junk food and chronic addiction are […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Modern Policing, Uncategorized, Welfare
Preventing tragedy

Preventing tragedy

Having lost her family at the hands of a suicidal driver, Elber Twomey believes that the introduction of Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training will equip gardaí with the necessary skills to deal with suicidal people and may prevent further tragedies. The blame for my family’s death didn’t just rest with the man who killed them. It was shared with the […]

by · February 18, 2015 · Opinion, Welfare
G-Force raised the visibility of LGBT members but find the language issue within An Garda Síochána needs to be addressed.

Mind your language

Homophobia in Ireland has made headlines and the garda organisation needs to address this too, writes a recently retired member “Watch your arses lads!’. Standing outside the (gay) pub on a busy Saturday night queuing to get in.  A yob shouts homophobic abuse to his mates as they walk by the line of gay people. Nobody in the queue reacts. […]