Issue Date: 16th December 2021
Speaking today, Commissioner Drew Harris said:
"An Garda Síochána welcomes the Government’s decision this week and is looking forward to welcoming 800 new Garda recruits to the organisation in 2022, particularly in our centenary year. Not only will these new Gardaí further strengthen front-line policing, but it provides us with a great opportunity to become a more diverse organisation.
"Being more reflective of the society we serve will enhance our ability to provide an effective police service for all people. While we have one of the highest levels of female police officers in Europe, we fully recognise that this is not replicated when it comes to minority communities.
"There will be a significant focus in our recruitment campaign in reaching out to groups and individuals from these communities to encourage them to join An Garda Síochána. We know we have a lot of work to do in this area.
"We have already started this work with initiatives such as our Intern Programme, changes to our uniform policy, the establishment of the Garda National Diversity Forum, and the representation from diverse and minority communities in the Garda Reserve.
"Becoming a Garda is a chance to make a real difference in communities. We want people from all backgrounds to join us and make that difference.”