Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has confirmed that 450 Gardai will leave the force in 2022.
Of the more than 14,000 guards, Mr Harris said 340 members had retired, while 109 resignations were processed in the 12-month period. The number of people who left through resignation was about 0.8 per cent of the total workforce.
He said “any resignation is a matter of concern to the organisation” and that exit interviews would soon be introduced to find out “why Gardai are resigning”.
Mr Harris held a meeting with all four Garda representative unions this evening to discuss the issue of attacks on Gardaí and recruits.
Commissioner Harris has condemned these attacks and stated that the organization will seek to purchase advanced and additional protective equipment for its members and provide them with further training.
He also reaffirmed his support for the introduction of body cams.
“Sadly this year already we have seen a number of serious attacks on Gardaí,” Commissioner Harris said.
“While all Gardai accept that policing has its risks, there can be no excuse for these shameful attacks. It is not acceptable that a small minority in society – and it is only a small minority – feel that Gardai can be attacked just because they are performing their duties.”
“The vast majority of the public have great respect for the work that Gardaí do to keep them safe, their professionalism and dedication, and their empathy, especially when engaging with the most vulnerable in our society,” he said. Told.
“I will continue to ensure that we provide Gardaí with the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.”
On the issue of recruitment, Commissioner Harris said the organization had experienced a drop in numbers “as a result of restrictions on COVID-19 training”.
However, he argued that the number of staff has increased by 1,200 in recent years, which has moved more than 800 Gardai from administrative roles to “drug dealing at street level, and preventing and detecting sex crime and domestic crime”. enabled to be relieved of operational duties in areas such as abuse”.
Commissioner Harris said in 2023 a Garda Sikona plan is to have classes for around 200 recruits at the Garda College every 11 to 12 weeks.
He also confirmed that the annual recruitment competitions for the Gardaí would go live in the first three months of 2023.
“I look forward to welcoming more Garda recruits into the organization in 2023 starting next month and I am confident that we will soon be back to a position where Garda numbers are growing,” he added.
“I’ve said this before, but I want to not only reach the current target of 15,000 Gardai, but given population growth, demographic change and the rapidly changing nature of crime, I believe there is a strong case for exceeding this. The case is 15,000 Gardai.”