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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton and Cork today welcomed the announcement of the launch of a new recruitment campaign for Reserve members of An Garda Síochána.
“This new campaign is necessary to fulfil the Programme for Government commitment to increase the strength of the Garda Reserve to 2,000 by 2021, to act in a supportive role undertaking local patrols and crime reduction measures. The aim is to recruit 300 Reserves in this year.”

“Reserve members undergo training in many of the skills required to be an effective full-time member of An Garda Síochána. It is important that we build on the very real contribution that they are making to the policing of communities right across the country. The increase in the strength of the Garda Reserve will allow the Commissioner to make full use of the Garda Reserve to support the delivery of an effective, visible police force in our local communities.”

Minister Stanton has advised anyone interested in joining the Garda Reserve to log on to before the Thursday 13 April closing date. He noted that joining the Garda Reserve is a good way for anyone considering a career in policing to see first-hand what being a member of An Garda Siochana actually involves.

“In recognition of the commitment and dedication of members of the Garda Reserve there is also a separate accelerated recruitment stream to allow them to become members of An Garda Siochana. This will help us deliver on the Government commitment to increase the strength of An Garda Síochána to 15,000”, concluded Minister Stanton.