CO. TIPPERARY, Ireland - Almost a hundred new Garda Reserves commenced training on Saturday at the Garda College at Templemore.
Sixty-one men and 38 women, a total of 99 new Reserves, started their Phase 1 training on Saturday morning.
The new contingent includes Lithuanian, German, British and Romanian nationals from across Ireland.
Reserve Gardaí have certain garda powers while on duty and perform their policing duties as determined by the Commissioner under the supervision of, and supported by, regular garda members.
The principal role of the Reserve consists of local patrols and crime reduction initiatives, targeted at specific local urban or rural problem areas.
Members of the Garda Reserve are also involved in policing major incidents and events, and in providing other operational support to regular garda members on the basis of an individual garda reserve member's skills or local knowledge. They are expected to provide a quality service at all times and are a clear sign of partnership between An Garda Síochána and the community.
The first intake of Garda Reserves began training at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary on 30 September 2006. They were assigned to Pearse Street and Store Street in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, Anglesea Street in Cork City, Galway City and Sligo Town stations. These trainees became fully operational members of the Garda Reserve on 15 December 2006 following a graduation ceremony at the Garda College.
As of 30 September last year, the strength of the Garda Reserve is 544 members.
Pictured are some of the new Garda Reserves, including the Chair of The Islamic Center in Roscommon (right photo), with Assistant Commissioner Orla McPartlin.