Up to 30,000 people have expressed an interest in joining An Garda Síochána as the justice minister announced that 300 recruits are to be hired.
The trainee gardaí are expected to begin training in the middle of next year — five years after the last recruits entered the Garda College in Templemore. Recruitment was halted in 2007 because of the public-sector recruitment moratorium.
The recruitment campaign kicked off yesterday morning and already, up to 1,000 people have expressed an interest in these positions.
The Department of Justice has revealed that 30,000 were notified of the commencement of the campaign as they had all previously expressed an interest in any upcoming recruitment.
“All of these 30,000 people will have been notified today of the commencement of the campaign and have been invited to register for the recruitment competition,” said a spokeswoman.
“We will not have a definitive figure for the overall number of applicants until the campaign closes on Jan 9.”
Anybody interested will have to take part in a series of aptitude tests before attending for interview.
There are currently about 13,000 in An Garda Síochána but that figure is due to fall by another 300 with retirements over the coming months.
A new course has been developed for the incoming Garda recruits.
According to Justice Minister Alan Shatter, it will “reflect the current policing environment and will better prepare Garda members for the reality of life on our streets”.
The training at Templemore will take place over 32 weeks. After that, the recruits will be assigned to Garda stations with full policing powers.
They will continue their on-the-job training for 72 weeks and, afterwards, they will be awarded a BA in applied policing.
Anyone interested in joining the gardaí should visit www.publicjobs.ie. The announcement was made as 93 Garda reserves — 71 men and 22 women including Irish, Ukrainian, and Polish nationals — graduated in Templemore.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he expects many of the reserves to apply for the new posts, which will boost morale.
There are currently 1,290 Garda reserves, including 1,107 fully attested and another 183 in training.
“I think it’s a natural assumption to make that the reserves will have a certain advantage,” he said.
“After all, they have received initial training here, they have been working with colleagues on the force.”
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