The letter of today’s Irish Times (24th. August) and my attention to an article in the same paper of 22nd. August, brought to me by Pat Joe McCarthy GSRMA Dublin North, is reproduced below.
Sir, – It is good to learn (News, August 22nd) that former Gardaí who left the force to serve as police officers in Australia have been applying to re-join An Garda Síochána. Would that process fall under the heading of “Ozmosis”? – Yours, etc.
PATRICK JUDGE, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
Minister says opportunities in An Garda Síochána will increase to meet 2021 targets
Former Gardaí who left the force to serve as police officers in Australia have been applying to re-join An Garda Síochána.
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said such opportunities will increase to meet the Government’s target of a Garda force of 21,000 by 2021 comprising 15,000 serving Gardaí, 2,000 reserve officers and 4,000 civilians.
Garda authorities are also hoping that individuals with appropriate policing experience and qualifications gained in other jurisdictions will also apply for civilian positions as part of the planned 20 per cent increase in the force’s membership by 2021.
Mr Flanagan told Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy that while there was no mechanism for the “transfer” of police officers with relevant skills from other forces, there were a “number of routes” open to individuals with relevant experience and qualifications including statutory provision for former members to re-join.
Ms Murphy had asked the Minister about reforming Garda recruitment policy, including increasing the age limit for recruits, currently 35, to allow qualified officers in other European police services transfer to the force.
Mr Flanagan said the 2005 Garda Síochána Act allows former members to re-join. He said “the most recent applications in this respect, concern former members who departed to serve in police services in Australia and have gained valuable skills and experience from that service and wish to re-join An Garda Síochána”.
To date, three former Gardaí who went on to serve in Australian police forces have been re-appointed to An Garda Síochána.