In this section you will find information and application forms from each Garda Division which are currently seeking nominations for the Garda Divisional Youth Awards.
The Garda Youth Awards, at Divisional and National level, celebrates outstanding young people aged between 13 and 21 years and recognises the good work they are doing throughout their communities.
The first ever Garda Divisional Youth Awards was created by a local Juvenile Liaison Officer in West Cork in 1995. He noticed that the young people in the community were doing tremendous things and we receiving any recognition.
The awards has grown leaps and bounds since then and in 2019, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris launched the first ever An Garda Síochána National Youth Awards saying “The inaugural Garda National Youth Awards will be a showcase for the positive contribution young people are making in their communities. The awards at national and divisional level are a great way for Gardaí to develop strong relationships with community groups and young people in their area.”
Divisional and National Awards are given in the following categories:
Individual Award - Making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.
Group Award - Group of two or more, making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.
Special Achievement Award - Overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition.
Community Safety Award - Through a crime prevention or safety initiative/innovation, have made their community a safer place to live.
Winners of Divisional Awards will then be submitted to the national judging panel who will select 5 winners in each category. Details of the when and where the National Awards is due to take place is to be confirmed.
To find out if your area is planning a Garda Youth Awards, you should contact your local Community Garda, Juvenile Liaison Officer or the local station.