TEMPLEMORE, Co Tipperary, Ireland - 201 new members of An Garda Sochna graduated at a Passing Out Ceremony in the Garda Training College in Templemore on Friday.
The newly attested Garda will see the number of Garda members increase to 14,467, the largest number of sworn Garda members in ten years.
Increases in Inspectors to 301, and Sergeants to 2,105 expand the force's supervisory capacity, which was a key request by garda members at all ranks under the Garda Cultural Audit, and, the organization says, will enable the delivery of community-focused policing as part of the Garda Operating Model.
There has also been an increase in Detective numbers to 2,181, the largest amount of Detectives ever in An Garda Sochna. This includes growth in specialised investigators in areas such as sexual crime and child abuse, organised crime and economic crime. Detective numbers include Divisional Detective Units such as Divisional Protective Service Units (DPSU), National Detective Units (DOCB, CCIU, GNECB, GNPSB, GNIB, NBCI etc.), Special Detective Units and Garda Headquarters Units.
Transformation within An Garda Sochna and investment in personnel has continued as the numbers of civilian personnel within the service currently stand at 2,976, the largest yet. This has resulted in the reassignment of 602 sworn Garda members from administrative duties to operational duties.
This ongoing growth of An Garda Sochna sees the organisation on track to meet the numbers agreed by Government Decision of July 2016, which outlines an overall vision for 15,000 Garda members and 4,000 Garda staff.
The number of Garda Reserves currently stands at 458. The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland recommended that recruitment of additional Garda Reserves should be paused pending a strategic review into the Garda Reserve. This review is now complete and An Garda Sochna says it intends to publish a Garda Reserve Implementation and Action Plan Strategy in the near future.
(Pictured: Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan arriving for Friday's Passing Out Parade).