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An Garda Síochána announce they are recruiting a further 250 people

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AGSI delegates have also voted to seek more armed officers and better training for the Gardai that are entrusted to carry guns
AGSI delegates have also voted to seek more armed officers and better training for the Gardai that are entrusted to carry guns

An Garda Síochána announce they are recruiting a further 250 people have announced they are recruiting a further 250 people this year.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald made the announcement at the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) earlier today.

Fitzgerald added the new recruits were to take place over the coming six months. 

Reports suggest the recruits will be enrolled at the Garda training centre in Templemore, County Tipperary in two groups of 125. 

There are currently 12,800 members on the force, which is approximately 200 below the minimum quota set by former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. The AGSI has recommended the police force be bolstered by a further 1,000. 

Making the announcement, Minister Fitzgerald said: "This ramped-up recruitment signifies the determination of the government to delivering an effective, responsive police service to protect our communities and respond to emerging crime trends."

The new recruits will join the 300 people who have enrolled at Templemore since September of last year. 

The new recruits come in addition to the €27.5 million that has been invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014. AGSI delegates have also voted to seek more armed officers and better training for the Gardai that are entrusted to carry guns.

"This increased investment, across-the-board, will be vital to supporting and underpinning the new Transformation Programme and Anti-Crime Strategy which are currently being finalised by Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan.
 
“This investment will ensure a sustainable future for An Garda Síochána and equip it to meet the realities and challenges of 21st century policing and security,” added Minister Fitzgerald."