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Garda College

Foundation Training

Student Gardaí are inspected every week in what as known as "parade"

1. Foundation Training

BA in Applied Policing

The B.A in Applied Policing is the Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees and is approved and accredited by the University of Limerick. The programme is delivered over a 104 week period and is divided into 3 Phases.

      • Phase 1 is a 34 week period where Trainee Gardaí attend the Garda College in Templemore. Here, Trainee Gardaí are introduced to basic Garda procedures and policies.

      • Phase 2 is a 40 week probationary period where Probationary Gardaí are assigned to Garda stations throughout the country. During Phase 2, Probationary Gardaí enhance their learning from Phase 1 by working closely with and under the supervision of a tutor Garda. During Phase 2, Probationary Gardaí deal first hand with day to day policing duties. The 40 week period of Phase 2 also includes 8 weeks formal training in the Garda College.

      • Phase 3 is a 32 week period where Probationary Gardaí act autonomously in their role as members of An Garda Síochána under the supervision of a Supervisory Sergeant.  Probationary Gardaí follow a programme of formal learning. Probationary Gardaí are assessed by Garda Training Staff at a local level.

The initial Phase 1 training programme (34 weeks) at the Garda College is referred to as ‘Foundation Training.’ This programme adopts a ‘problem based learning’ approach. Trainee Gardaí are given various scenarios and problems. These are based on realistic policing scenarios. Trainee Gardaí and are encouraged to find solutions to these problems by working through them in teams and as individuals. This approach allows Trainee Gardaí to ‘learn as they do’. The training programme is divided into 7 modules. Each module focuses on a specific area and is designed to enhance learning and knowledge of the various operational roles and responsibilities of a member of An Garda Síochána.

    Foundations of Policing – This module provides students with an overview of the policing function.  Students are introduced to the organisation and its role in the criminal justice system. Students will also acquire the generic skills to be utilised throughout the remainder of their training.

    Professional Competence – This module aims to develop the responsibility for improving their personal and professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required to provide a professional policing service.

    Crime & Incident Policing – This module aims to allow students to gain the knowledge and practical skills to manage a wide variety of crime and policing incidents.

    Policing with Communities – This module aims to give students the personal and professional expertise to positively police a modern, diverse and bilingual community, whilst being aware of the needs of its vulnerable members.

    Traffic Policing – This module aspires to give students the knowledge and skills required to effectively police traffic issues (checkpoints, drink/drug driving etc.) to considerably reduce the incidents of fatal and serious injuries to improve road safety

    Station Roles & Responsibilities – This module aims to develop the students capabilities in all roles linked with Garda station duties, including prisoner management

    Officer & Public Safety – This module develops the students physical competence through practical skills (retractable baton, hinge handcuffs, OC (pepper) spray and police self defence)

The Garda College LMS

The Garda LMS is a learning management system or e-Learning platform (software provided by MOODLE, a software package with a range of functionality which can combine and enhance the traditional learning environment in an online setting).  This functionality includes content management, email, discussion, calendar and chat room to enhance teacher to trainee communication. The GardaLMS is a single robust, secure and integrated system which allows students and staff to participate in online training courses using the GardaIS system and personal laptops or tablets which gives 24/7 worldwide access.  The GardaLMS creates effective online learning communities while complimenting and enhancing face-to-face lecturing in the Garda Síochána College.  There are in excess of 7,300 Garda Síochána staff and students enrolled in numerous training programmes and it is intended to eventually provide all Garda Members with access to the Garda LMS. Programmes currently utilising the GardaLMS are:

    • The BA in Applied Policing (Foundation Training Programme)
    • Level 2 & 3 Garda Síochána Interviewing Model 
    • Senior Investigating Officers (SIO) Training 
    • Ceremonial Unit Training
    • Command & Control Dispatchers Courses
    • Crime Scene Examiners Courses 
    • Forensic Photography Courses 
    • Policing & Emotional Intelligence Training
    • Promotion Developmental Programmes  

Communications & Information Technology Training Section

The Communications & Information Technology Training Section (CITTS) have responsibility for training in current and new innovations within An Garda Síochána.  The office is in existence since 1999 when PULSE was first introduced into the Organisation.  It is currently involved in numerous national projects including the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2007, PULSE Release 6.8 and Property & Exhibits Management System (PEMS). The section is also involved with the design and delivery of PULSE training as part of the B.A. in Applied Policing.

As well as developing and delivering these courses the section trains a number of Divisional personnel in certain courses to instructor standard ensuring training can be delivered within a division by local personnel.  The section is also responsible for collating the training returns for course which come under it remit.  It is responsible for information technology training within An Garda Síochána.