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Looking For A Life Less Ordinary? The Gardaí Are Recruiting

Looking For A Life Less Ordinary? The Gardaí Are Recruiting

As Dolly Parton would say "Working 9-5, what a way to make a living". If the thought of 9- 5 office job sends a shudder down your spine, then this one might be for you. The Gardaí are currently looking for recruits for their Garda Trainee Recruitment programme.

An Garda Síochána, in partnership with the Public Appointments Service, opened a recruitment competition yesterday for Garda trainees. They are 'seeking to attract candidates from across society and with a wide variety of skills to join An Garda Síochána." This new trainee recruitment programme is part of Government action to grow the Gardaí workforce. As of 31st March 2019, there were 14,161 members of An Garda Síochána this is promised to grow to 15,000 by 2021.

An Garda Síochána is also committed to becoming more culturally diverse to encourage candidates from minority communities. Yesterday, they announced that they would allow the wearing of the turban for members of the Sikh community and the hijab for members of the Muslim community as part of the uniform.

On speaking of these new developments Commissioner Drew Harris said:

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“An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation and this new competition is very welcome. We have been attracting high calibre people to the organisation, but it is vital in a time of near full employment that this continues.

“We also know that we need to become a much more diverse organisation so that we properly reflect the society we serve. That is why our campaign is focusing on people who might not have previously considered a career as a Garda member. They have the skills we need for a policing role, but they might not have thought they could transfer those to being a Garda. Fundamentally, we are looking for people who thrive on keeping people safe. Policing is a highly rewarding career where every day you can make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. We want to encourage people from all walks of life to join us. We are looking for diversity not only in background, but also in skills.”

If this sounds like the career for you, you can find out more here.

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Deirdre Kelly

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