With An Garda Síochána looking to add 600 new recruits to its training centre in Templemore in early 2016, Fine Gael Cllr Tom Neville is now encouraging Limerick people to apply.
The latest recruitment drive will see Gardaí numbers increase to 1,150 since the recruitment ban was lifted in September 2014.
“So far, 295 new recruits have completed their training and are now are on the ground in communities nationwide as fully fledged members of An Garda Síochána. It is expected that successful candidates from the 2016 campaign will enter the Garda College from mid-2016,” Cllr Neville explained.
“Serving as a member of An Garda Síochána is a great privilege, but the position comes with great responsibility. I know that there are many capable and ambitious people in County Limerick who would make an excellent contribution to the force and I would encourage anyone interested to apply.”
An Garda Síochána officially opened their 2016 Recruitment Campaign on November 27 with applications being accepted until January 5th 2016.
When Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan joined the force in 1981 she was in a tiny minority, but now women represent over a quarter of the entire force, this diversification trend is something she wants to see continue into the future.
“We’ve always attracted way more applicants than available positions. We want to build on that, attracting people from every strand of Irish life to help us renew our culture while retaining our best traditions,” said the Commissioner.
Currently there are more than 500 trainee Gardaí studying for a BA in Applied Policing, with over 290 of these are attested and serving in the communities.
Meanwhile, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins celebrated the fact that there will be an allocation of recruitment places retained for current members of the Garda Reserve.
Deputy Collins, who is his party’s Justice spokesman, highlighted the important role the Garda Reserve members play when supporting the Gardaí.
“I believe this work should be credited and count positively towards an application for the new Garda posts.
“At the end of September the strength of the Garda Reserve was 1,014 and there were an additional 21 Reserves in training. The principal role for Reserves consists of local patrols and crime reduction initiatives in both urban and rural areas. This has been a very important structure of our policing regime since it was introduced by a Fianna Fáil-led Government almost ten years ago”, he added.