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Our Policing Principles

Principles 1An Garda Síochána has a proud tradition in serving communities and protecting the State with over 16,000 Garda members, Civilians and Reserve members who are committed to delivering a functioning police and security service. This is the cornerstone of a democratic and progressive society. We believe that effective and efficient policing depends on securing the confidence, support and cooperation of local communities and engaging with those communities. In order to ensure we achieve this, members of An Garda Síochána are guided by three simple Policing Principles which state that policing services must be provided:

  • Independent and impartially
  • In a manner that respects human rights
  • In a manner that supports the proper and effective administration of justice.

Our Mission - Keeping People Safe

Ag Coinneáil Daoine Sábháilte - Keeping People Safe

The Code of Ethics

A new Code of Ethics was launched for all members of staff of An Garda Síochána on 23rd January 2017.  It sets out nine ethical standards and commitments required to meet the standards we aspire to.  Since its inception in 1922, An Garda Síochána has consistently and proudly placed our values at the heart of everything we do. The organisation’s values of Honesty, Accountability, Respect, Professionalism and Empathy have been subsumed by and built upon in the Code of Ethics.

This new Code of Ethics can only enhance the standards and conduct expected of all members to deliver, as committed to in the Mission, a professional policing and security service with the trust, confidence and support of the people we serve.  It is essential that the Code is embraced and understood by every member of staffPrinciples 2.

The Code of Ethics is available to read here.

Code of Ethics December Signature 2018CoE Signed GA