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Garda Reserve

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The duties of the Garda Reservist are to compliment the resources of the Gardaí in specific duties.

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Rasaq Falade
Garda Reserve  

Rasaq Falade is a Garda Reserve in Listowel, Co. Kerry. Originally from Nigeria, he studied in IT Tralee where he recieved a BSc Honours degree in Analytical Science. Rasaq works up to sixteen hours a week in the Reserve and can be called upon to assist when there are large events such as football matches or concerts taking place.

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The Primary responsibility of the Garda Reserve is:

  • to ensure the security of the State,
  • to protect life and property;
  • to prevent and detect crime;
  • to safeguard the liberties of the individual and preserve the public peace;
  • to encourage and advise the community on how to protect their persons and property from criminal behaviour;
  • to provide guidance and assistance:
  • helping young people to achieve social maturity;
  • cases of tragedy, or family and/or other personal crises.

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You must be in good mental and physical health and be of good character.  
You should enjoy working with people. You need to be able to deal with people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. Verbal and written communication skills are important. You should be tactful and patient at all times.  
It is important that you can handle difficult situations with sensitivity. Good judgement is an essential quality. Decision-making skills and initiative are also important. You also need to be able to cope well in a crisis. Close attention to detail will help you to solve crimes and spot suspicious events or circumstances.

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Recruitment for the Garda Reserve is ongoing and the Public Appointments Service (PAS) deals with all inquiries. The PAS hold interviews on a rolling basis at a range of locations around the country. 

Educational requirements - Candidates must have obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examination:

  • A grade not lower than B3 at Foundation Level or D3 at another level in Mathematics, and
  • A qualifying grade in 2 languages, 1 of which must be English or Irish, as follows: English: a grade not lower that D3 at Ordinary Level, Irish: a grade not lower than C3 at Foundation Level or D3 at another level, Other language: a grade not lower than D3 at Ordinary Level, and
  • A grade not lower than D3 at Ordinary Level, in not less than 2 other subjects

     Or The Merit Grade in the Applied Leaving Certificate

     Or Like Grades in another examination, that, in the opinion of the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, is not of a lower standard than the above.

     Or be A former member who, on retirement, received an exemplary, very good or good discharge from An Garda Síochána is deemed to meet the requirements.

     Or The Garda Commissioner may exempt a person from meeting these requirements if satisfied that the person has personal attributes which otherwise render him or her suitable to be admitted as a reserve trainee. (This only occurs in exceptional circumstances).

Height requirement - There is no height requirement to join the Garda Reserve. 

Physical requirements - Successful candidates at stages 1 and 2 of the selection process will also be required to undergo a medical examination by a Medical Practitioner nominated by An Garda. Candidates must be of good mental and physical health and free from any defect or abnormality likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties. Medical conditions that may be a bar to passing the medical examination include:

  • Defective Vision (the vision standard required of a Garda Reserve trainee is not less than 6/18, 6/18 correctable to 6/9,6/12, with normal colour vision).
  • Varicose veins
  • Being overweight
  • Albumenuria
  • Dental Caries
  • Defective Hearing
  • Hypertension

Transfers - Reserve police officer from another Country cannot transfer to the Garda Síochána Reserve. You must go through the normal recruitment process.

Nationality - Applicants to join must

  • Be a national of a European Union Member State, or
  • Be a national of an EEA State or the Swiss Confederation, or
  • Be a refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996, or
  • Have a period of one year's continuous residence in the State immediately before 1 September 2005 and, during the 8 years immediately preceding that period, have had a total residence in the State amounting to 4 years. (Periods of illegal residence or residence as an asylum seeker do not count in the qualifying 5 year period).

Restrictions - Notwithstanding that the requirements of Regulation 4 are met, a person may not be recruited for admission as a reserve trainee if the person:

  • Holds a designated certificate, licence or permit i.e. Taxi/PSV Licence, Licence to sell intoxicating liquor
  • Is a member of the Defence Forces
  • Is an officer of the court
  • Is an officer of the probation and welfare service
  • Is a bailiff
  • Is a prison officer
  • Is a practicing barrister or a practicing solicitor
  • For reward or personal gain, manages or conducts, or assists in the management or conducting of, a concern or premises which is required by law to be operated under a licence, permit or certificate, the grant of which may be opposed by An Garda Síochána
  • Provides a security service within the meaning of the Private Security Services Act 2004
  • Serves summonses as a spare time activity or
  • Is employed in any occupation or holds any appointment or position which, in the opinion of the Garda Commissioner, may cause a conflict of interest with the proper discharge of the duties of a reserve member.

Notwithstanding any other provision of these regulations, the Garda Commissioner may not recruit a person for admission as a reserve trainee if it appears to the Commissioner that the person is generally unsuitable for such admission.

Application Process for the Garda Reserve 

For full details of the application process see Our Opportunities - How we recruit 

Last Updated: December, 2015

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Organisation: Garda Headquarters
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Organisation: Garda Siochana College
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
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