Five newly sworn Gardaí assigned to northwest region

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Five newly sworn members of An Garda Síochána have been assigned to the northwest region, which is headquartered in Galway City.

These come from a group of 24 new Gardaí who were sworn in last Friday, bringing the total size of the force in Ireland to police 14,157 officers.

These members of An Garda Síochána are the last members to have applied to join An Garda Síochána during the 2019 recruitment campaign.

The new Gardaí commenced their Garda training in May 2022, and have undertaken a blend of on-line learning, on-site learning in the Garda College, and experiential learning in training Garda stations.

Speaking at the attestation ceremony, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said, “Our duties and responsibilities as Ireland’s national police and security service have broadened substantially since our foundation 100 year ago.”

“But one thing has remained resolute – the strong and unique bond with the communities that we serve – firmly built on a tradition of policing by consent.”

“Policing with and for the people to allow them live freely from violence, crime and fear.”

“As these new Gardaí now go to serve in cities, towns and villages, they will play an important role in maintaining this connection.”

“In providing that service, they should never lose sight of the importance of treating every single person they encounter with dignity and respect.”

There are a further 89 recruits currently in the training programme at Templemore Garda College.

The next intake of Garda recruits from the 2022 recruitment campaign are scheduled to enter the Garda College before end of February 2023.