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Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland New Garda recruits stand to attention in Templemore.
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Fancy wearing the blue? The Garda Reserve is taking on 300 more recruits
It’s part of a plan to increase the size of both the reserve and regular garda forces.

THE GARDA RESERVE has begun a recruitment campaign to take on 300 more recruits by the end of the year.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed the number saying it’s part of a commitment in the programme for government to increase strength of the garda reserve by 2,000 by 2021.

The government has also committed to increase the number of gardaí to 15,000 members.

The new garda reserve recruits will support regular gardaí in their local patrols.

“Reserve members have undergone training in many of the skills required to be an effective full-time member of An Garda Síochána and 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 minister said.

The increase in the strength of the reserve will allow the Commissioner to make full use of the reserve to support the delivery of an effective, visible police service in our communities.

Applications for the garda reserve are made through and the minister said that anyone thinking of a career in An Garda Síochána should consider the reserves as a way of experiencing what is required.

“There is now a separate recruitment stream for members of the reserve who want to become guards that recognises the commitment and dedication of reserve members and their important contribution to policing the State,” the minister said.

The closing date for applications is 13 April.

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