Reserve Garda Fiona Kelly is 26 years-old and her area of full-time employment is in education where she has been working for the past seven years. Fiona is currently completing a BA Degree in Business and Management part-time. Reserve Garda Kelly is based in Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin's City centre since October 2006. Here are some of her thoughts on joining the Garda Reserve.It’s always something I had a huge interest in. I wasn't in a position to join the full-time service, so joining the Garda Reserve and working alongside a full-time member carrying out his or her operational duties gave me an insight into what the role would be like. I would consider myself a people person with good communication skills and I like to interact with the public on a daily basis. I felt my contribution would provide support to the full-time members. Garda reservists improve visible policing and can also contribute to reducing incidents of public order and anti-social behaviour in the division. The Garda Reserve also builds on community engagement by reflecting the needs and priorities of the people from the area. The course runs over a phased period of time with emphasis on law/legal and human rights lectures, with an element of physical training at the college in Templemore. Then a period of work experience follows at a station where you are tutored and observed by a full-time member of the service. I have gained a considerable amount from this programme and a greater insight into the many problems that are prevalent in today's society. I would hope that as a member of the Garda Reserve, I can assist and support the full-time Gardaí in any way possible in their ever-difficult role today.