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What An Garda Sí­ochána Do

What An Garda Sí­ochána Do

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An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland. The Mission of An Garda Síochána is Working with Communities to Protect and Serve. The Headquarters of An Garda Síochána is based in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.

An Garda Síochána has a long established tradition of working closely with communities all across Ireland. By fostering and maintaining effective community partnerships, and ensuring a more visible Garda presence, An Garda Síochána works to achieve a reduction in crime and the fear of crime in communities.

The general direction and control of An Garda Síochána is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Government. The Commissioner is responsible to the Minister for Justice and Equality who in turn is accountable to the Government for the security and policing of the State.

The Commissioner is assisted by two Deputy Commissioners and a Chief Administrative Officer. In addition, there are a number of Assistant Commissioners in command of Regions with others who have responsibility for critical portfolios such as Crime and Security, National Support Services, Traffic and Organisation Development and Strategic Planning.

There are also a number of Civilian Executive Directors with responsibility for Human Resource and People Development, Finance and Services, and Information and Communications Technology.

An Garda Síochána is a community based organisation with over 15,000 Garda and Civilian employees. It has police officers located in every county in Ireland, listening to, acting and working with the community.

Some of An Garda Síochána’s core functions include:

  • the detection and prevention of crime;
  • ensuring our nation’s security;
  • reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety;
  • working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour;
  • promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life.

The ranks within An Garda Síochána in descending order are:

  • Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Inspector
  • Sergeant
  • Garda / Reserve Garda

The Organisation is structured on a regional basis, of which there are six. Each Region is sub-divided into Divisions, each under the responsibility of a Chief Superintendent. Each Division is sub-divided into Districts with a Superintendent in charge. There are 28 Divisions and 96 Districts in the State.

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