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Garda Reserve

More information about the Garda Reserve

The Garda Síochána Act, 2005 provided for the establishment of the Garda Reserve. It consists of voluntary members recruited nationwide.

The mission of the Garda Reserve is to provide an efficient response and a quality service at all times and to enhance partnership between An Garda Síochána and the local community.

The principal role of the Reserve consists of local patrols and crime reduction initiatives.  Reserve Gardai will be involved in policing major incidents and events, and in providing other operational support to full time Gardai.  They are expected to provide a quality service at all times and are a clear sign of partnership between An Garda Síochána and the community.

Garda Reserves come from many diverse backgrounds and various professional backgrounds, such as; bank officials, teachers, accountants, nurses, lecturers, electricians and plumbers. 

Reserve Gardaí have limited Garda powers while on duty.  They perform their policing duties as determined by the Commissioner accompanied by a full time member of An Garda Síochána.

Successful applicants are required to complete a training programme prior to attestation.

A member of the Garda Reserve may not be required to serve more than 208 hours duty in any 12 month period. (Average of 4 hours per week)
The first intake of Garda Reserves started training at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary on 30th September 2006.

Please find some Frequently Asked Questions about the Garda Reserve 

Garda Reserve videos as available on careersportal -

Reserve Gardaí Rodney Cadden, Margaret Daly, David McLoughlin

Reserve Garda Tomas Barrett & Garda Trainee Rachel Anne Grogan