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5,000 apply for 600 trainee garda places 05.06.19

MORE than 5,000 people have applied for 600 positions in the latest round of recruitment by An Garda Síochána.
That represents nearly ten applicants for every one trainee place on offer at the Garda College this year.
Garda chiefs have welcomed the number of applicants despite a “competitive labour market” and said it demonstrates community trust in the police force.
The figure, however, is a far cry from the whopping 24,000 people who applied for just 300 places after a recruitment moratorium was lifted towards the end of the recession in 2013.
The latest round, which ended on April 24, follows a more regular pattern of interest which included some 5,400 applications in 2017 and over 6,000 in 2018.
“This strong desire among so many people to be a member of An Garda Síochána is, I believe, because of the trust the community have in An Garda Síochána and the positive contribution they see our people making in society,” said Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, in a recent report to the Policing Authority.
The current strength of An Garda Síochána is just over 14,000 garda members, almost 3,000 civilian staff and just over 500 reserves.
The Government is aiming to bring the figures to 15,000, 4,000 and 2,000 respectively by 2021.
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