Wicklow residents encouraged to consider 2018 Garda recruitment campaign

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This year’s recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána has been launched.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan who announced the launch says it is to give effect to the Government’s commitment to increase the strength of the Gardaí to 15,000 members by 2021.

He says there are opportunities to specialise in areas like cyber-crime, child protection, counter-terrorism and international policing.

Wicklow TD Minister Harris has encouraged Wicklow residents that are interested in supporting the mission of An Garda Síochána to protect and serve to submit an application.

“It is important that An Garda Síochána is reflective of the communities it serves and protects and I urge members our communities to consider applying to this and future recruitment competitions,” Minister Harris said.

The new campaign will include an Irish language stream, as well as a special stream for eligible members of the Garda reserve in recognition of the training and time given on a voluntary basis to support the work of An Garda Síochána.

Since the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary reopened in September 2014, almost 1,770 recruits have attested  as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to communities nationwide.

A further 600 recruits are due to enrol this year which will bring Garda numbers to 14,000, with a target of 15,000 expected by 2021.

Minister Harris said its expected that successful candidates from the new campaign will enter the Garda College from quarter 2 in 2019.

Applications must be made through www.publicjobs.ie.  The closing date for applications is 3pm Wednesday 6 June 2018.

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