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De-escalation – the only game in town

De-escalation – the only game in town

In tense situations, gardaí, and others, connecting quickly on a psychological level with someone who may be highly emotional, is not just useful – it is vital says Kevin Redmond We live in febrile times. Reading a situation quickly and correctly is the first part of de-escalating and controlling a situation. The second part is not just getting the other […]

by · September 4, 2020 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
Choosing the right armour

Choosing the right armour

In the first of a two-part series, body armour expert Cathriona Frawley examines what needs to be considered by police forces when choosing such essential equipment When the time has come to change your body armour, it is critical to ensure that you are fully armed with all the necessary information to enable your choice of armour to be fully […]

by · December 13, 2019 · Features
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture
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 · Wellbeing & Culture