16/09/2014

New Garda Recruits Told To Earn Trust 'Each And Every Day'

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has promised "seamless ongoing recruitment" as 100 new recuits entered the Garda College in Templemore on Monday.

Welcoming the new students, the minister told them that they would need to win the trust of Irish society "each and every day" following a number of recent controversies surrounding the force.

"I am committed to putting in place, and where necessary reforming, the organisation, structures, practices and systems to support the men and women of An Garda Síochána to effectively deliver the best possible policing and security services for our communities and our country. In some cases this may involve substantial changes," the minister said.

Adding: "In some cases this may involve confronting deficiencies and challenging bad practices. We are starting with major changes to the administration and oversight of policing and further changes will inevitably follow to ensure that the high quality and respected service that An Garda Síochána has provided for the last 90 years is continued and enhanced to better meet the realities, challenges and expectations of 21st Century policing."

(MH/CD)

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