'Cuts to frontline policing' will fund recruit training
A new recruitment campaign for the gardai – the first in five years – will be funded by cuts in frontline policing and result in training "on the cheap", it was claimed last night.
Garda supervisors warned that the Government's failure to ring-fence a special budget for recruitment has meant that the cash must be found by swingeing cuts in garda services.
The annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Killarney heard that this could not be allowed to happen.
Association president Tim Galvin said the Garda College in Templemore had seen little investment for several years and many of the staff had transferred elsewhere.
"The fear is that without a ring-fenced budget, the money required to provide this training will come from within existing resources and we will do things on the cheap.
"The new recruits will be the lifeblood of An Garda Siochana well into the future but it will probably mean a cut to frontline services," Mr Galvin added.
The first batch of around a hundred recruits are expected to be taken into Templemore in July followed by further batches every three months.