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First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.


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Garda - Detective Inspector

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€52k > 57 
Detective Inspector
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€52 - 57 
Related Information:
Pay scales for members of An Garda Síochána:
€24,890 to €44,302 Garda;
€44,725 to €51,385 Sergeant;
€51,660 to €57,243 Inspector;
€70,514 to €82,183 Superintendent;
€84,455 to €101,085 Chief superintendent
€139,444 Assistant Commissioner
€157,961 Deputy Commissioner
€185,000 Commissioner
(Garda - Modified Scales 2011/12)
Data Source(s):
An Garda Síochána

Last Updated: December, 2012

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

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Martha Francis
Detective Sergeant  

Martha Francis is a Detective Sergeant working in the computer crime investigation unit in Harcourt Square. Martha has been a member of An Garda Síochána for 26 years and has travelled abroad to undertake a number of courses in her specialist area. 

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Provide testimony as a witness in court.


Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner's arrival.


Examine crime scenes to obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons.


Obtain evidence from suspects.


Record progress of investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.


Check victims for signs of life, such as breathing and pulse.


Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures.


Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device.


Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants.


Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Criminal Intelligence Analyst - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Police Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Police officer/An Garda Síochána - from:  GradIreland
Go..Scenes of Crime Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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