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; […]
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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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Paul Franey breaks down the completion of a competency based interview form into manageable steps. Any member who now wishes to apply for allocation to a specialist unit, or for promotion, will have to complete a competency based application form. While some members are happy to complete these forms, many dread them. Competency based interviewing was introduced for all promotion […]
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. […]
It is easier said than done, but it is definitely possible to decide that Christmas really is one day only, merely a date on the calendar writes Mary Hogan “A ray of hope flickers in the sky/A tiny star lights up way up high…” Christmas is a magical, fairytale, spiritual time for countless people, most especially for families […]