Free up gardaí for frontline policing - commissioner
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has called on the force's oversight body, the Inspectorate, to identify the hundreds of jobs where fully trained gardaí could be released from their current posts and sent onto the streets.
She said she also wanted a definition of "frontline" from the Inspectorate, as the interpretation of what the phrase meant differed in various jurisdictions.
The commissioner said the Garda authorities did not want to see fully trained gardaí holding down posts that could be filled by civilians.
A recent Inspectorate report highlighted the deployment of a thousand gardaí in positions at the force's headquarters in the Phoenix Park.
But it is understood that this group includes members of the Garda's crime and security branch and some of the national support services, who hold positions that could not be handed over to civilians.
The Inspectorate also indicated that 250 gardaí could be freed up very quickly from desk jobs and put on frontline duties.
Speaking at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, where 99 Garda recruits graduated yesterday, Ms O'Sullivan said she would hold further talks with the Inspectorate to seek its help in identifying what jobs it proposes to transfer to civilians and to also put forward its definition of "frontline".
The commissioner said yesterday's ceremony meant that a total of 500 students have been taken on since recruitment recommenced last year.