AN Garda Síochána has opened up recruitment for new trainees in a drive to expand the force by almost 1,000 in the next two years.
In conjunction with the Public Appointments Service, the gardaí is aiming to diversify the force and bring total numbers up from 14,161 now to 15,000 in 2021.
Garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation and this new competition is very welcome. We have been attracting high-calibre people to the organisation, but it is vital in a time of near full employment that this continues.
“We also know that we need to become a much more diverse organisation so that we properly reflect the society we serve. That is why our campaign is focusing on people who might not have previously considered a career as a Garda member. They have the skills we need for a policing role, but they might not have thought they could transfer those to being a garda.
An Garda Síochána is also carrying out research with communities who are under-represented to identify what more the organisation needs to do to encourage them to join. The organisation has already relaxed uniform rules to allow Sikh and Muslim head garments.
Garda trainee candidates can apply on www.publicjobs.ie up until 3pm on April 24.