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600 new gardaí to be hired next year 27.11.15

An Garda Síochána has today announced a recruitment drive to appoint 600 new members in 2016.
"We've always attracted way more applicants than available positions," Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said today.
"We want to build on that, attracting people from every strand of Irish life to help us renew our culture while retaining our best traditions."
When the moratorium on Garda recruitment ended in 2013 over 24,000 applications were received for an initial 300 posts. That, according to the Commissioner, is partly because of the variety of roles within the service, ranging from community policing to detective work and forensics.
"I want people of every background, right throughout the country, to think about joining us and help to make us a beacon of modern policing," the Commissioner added.
As well as the existing force, there are currently more than 500 trainee gardaí studying for a BA in Applied Policing. More than 290 of these are attested and serving in local communities.
An Garda Síochána will be working with the Public Appointments Service as part of the new recruitment campaign and will deploy social media and engagement with representative groups.
Ms O'Sullivan said the new roles would demand "high standards" and "courage".
"Culture cannot be imposed from the top –we need all our people to work with us to create an organisation that attracts and rewards people of the highest calibre," she added.
Applications to join An Garda Síochána must be made through www.publicjobs.ie . The closing date for applications is Tuesday, January 5,2016.
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