What are the main occupation types employed?
Gardaí throughout the Service are supported in their duties by a number of specialist units. These include:
- Air Support Unit
- Mounted Unit
- Water Unit
- Fingerprint Unit
- Photographic Unit
- Mapping Unit
- Ballistics Unit
- Technical Support Services
- The National Bureau of Fraud Investigation
- Criminal Assets Bureau
- Garda National Drugs Unit
- Garda National Immigration Bureau
There are also units to deal with armed terrorists and criminal gangs.
Membership of these units is open to all members of the Garda Service on completion of three years in mainstream operational police duties.
Over 2,500 full-time and part-time Civilian Staff work in An Garda Síochána. These staff members are civil servants who provide important support services across a wide range of work areas.
Work areas administered by Civilian Personnel include:
- Human Resources
- Information and Communications Technology
- Finance and Procurement
- Research and Analysis
Full details of civilian opportunities are available here.
What types of work contract are offered?
- Full time Garda recruits
- Part time (voluntary) Garda Reserve
- Civilian personnel
What are the key attractions?
The Garda Síochána College provides for a continuum of education/training from Trainee Garda stage up to the development of Officers at the highest level. Continuing education/training up to Honours Degree level is provided at regular intervals as member’s progress within the Garda Service.
Members who are promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Inspector undergo an education/development course designed to provide them with the necessary skills of supervision, leadership and communication.
Members promoted to the rank of Superintendent and Chief Superintendent participate in a management education/development programme designed to provide them with the knowledge and skills to manage their respective areas of responsibility.
What locations do you operate from?
There are 565 Garda Stations in the Country. Many of these Garda Stations are manned on a twenty four hour basis.
There are many more areas of deployment. These include National Units, for example:
- The Garda National Drugs Unit
- The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation
- The Garda Water Unit
- The Air Support Unit.
What are the current employment trends?
All members commence employment at Garda rank, except for members who are promoted into An Garda Síochána from the Police Service of Northern Ireland or for those who are successful in the externally advertised position of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.
Describe any particular characteristics of your workforce?
Male-Female staff ratio
In recent years the male-female staff ratio has changed. In 1997 when the strength of An Garda Síochána was 10,960 there were 949 female members which equated to 8.6% of the total organisation. Now, in November 2015, of the 12,843 members, 3,327 are females equating to 25.9% of the organisation.
Age and Service Profile
The age and service profiles of the members of the Organisation were recently calculated as follows:
|Age Group||Number (as of Nov 2015)||% of Service|
|24 & Under||89||0.7%|
|25 - 29||983||7.7%|
|30 - 34||3170||24.7%|
|35 - 39||3123||24.3%|
|40 - 44||2335||18.2%|
|45 - 49||1235||9.6%|
|50 and Over||1908||14.8%|
|Years Service||Number||% of Service|
|Up to 4||297||2.3%|
|5 - 9||4132||32.2%|
|10 - 14||2555||19.9%|
|15 - 19||2335||18.2%|
|20 - 24||1547||12%|
|25 - 29||559||4%|