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Future Garda Force – Full Powers After 34 Weeks

New training reforms were outlined at a reservists’ passing-out ceremony in the Garda College on Friday last, at Templemore , Co.Tipperary.

New recruits will be given full policing powers, which will include the power of arrest, after just 34 weeks of training.  Presently the current period, before such powers were conferred, was 58 weeks.

New applicants planning to join An Garda Síochána will only be successful if they have a driver’s licence, have first aid training and can swim.

Gardaí will also be offered a range of continuous learning options throughout their careers. Civilians, presently 2,700, working for the Garda force of 14,700 officers, will also be offered enhanced training along side their Gardaí counterparts.

This new training regime has been identified by the Garda Training and Development Review Group established by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and chaired by former HSE member, Pat McLoughlin.

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