Career Opportunities for Civilians
Over 2,500 full-time and part-time Civilian Staff work in An Garda Síochána. These staff members are civil servants who provide important support services across a wide range of work areas.
Work areas administered by Civilian Personnel include:-
- Human Resources
- Information and Communications Technology
- Finance and Procurement
- Research and Analysis
Civilian personnel wholly or largely staff several vital operational support areas such as the Garda Central Vetting Unit, the Garda Information Services Centre, and the Fixed Charge Processing Office.
An accelerated civilianisation programme has been underway in An Garda Síochána since October 2006. Significant progress has been made to date in the recruitment of new staff under this programme. The number of full-time equivalent civilian staff employed in An Garda Síochána increased from 1,282 at end December 2006 to 2,099 on 30 December, 2008. This represents a net increase of 817 (63.7%) over this 2 year period. The total number of full-time and part-time civilian staff employed in An Garda Síochána on 30 December 2008 was 2,693.
Objectives of the Civilianisation Programme
- To free up Gardaí for the planning and delivery of more visible and effective policing
- To ensure better value for money from police budgets
- To acquire specialist skills across various administrative and professional support areas
The Garda Commissioner is committed to developing the civilian support and management function within An Garda Síochána to a level commensurate with best international practice. He will continue to work to drive the civilianisation programme forward. He has established an internal board, under the chairmanship of Mr John Leamy, Chief Administrative Officer, to develop an integrated strategy for future civilianisation in the Garda organisation.
Civilian Career Opportunities in An Garda Síochána
Until recently, the role of civilian staff in An Garda Síochána was largely restricted to that of clerical support. There were very limited options for career progression within the organisation. However, this is changing. Some 150 new management and supervisory positions have been created at Higher Executive Officer, Executive Officer and Staff Officer level since 2007.
The development of a senior civilian management structure is also ongoing. There are a significant number of such posts now in place in areas such as HR, Finance, Procurement, IT, Housing, Transport, Crime & Policing Analysis and Internal Audit. There are now opportunities for civilian staff to build a career within An Garda Síochána across a diverse and exciting range of roles and responsibilities.
Recruitment of civilian staff to An Garda Síochána is mainly carried out in association with the Public Appointments Service. Recruitment takes the form of either general civil service open competitions or special competitions for particular professional or senior managerial positions. Details of upcoming recruitment competitions are advertised on the “Current Jobs” page of the Public Appointments Service website www.publicjobs.ie which is updated weekly.