Rank and file Garda reveals day to day struggle: “People spit at me, kick, punch and headbutt me”
Garda fears for his colleagues lives
A GARDA has claimed that a number of his colleagues are contacting charities for financial assistance due to stinging pay cuts.
He has also claimed that the ferocity of attacks on gardai is increasing, and he fears for the lives of his colleagues.
The rank-and-file officer, writing anonymously, claims he has had people “spit at me, kick, punch and headbutt me”.
“I’ve been through six months of sheer hell after getting pricked with a dirty needle searching somebody.”
** You can read the full blog by the anonymous garda here
He says he has been “hit so many times, he has been left with no feeling” in parts of his body.
The officer says vicious assaults on gardai are on the increase.
“People don’t care whether or not if they hurt or assault members anymore,” he writes.
“What people don’t hear about is the mental anguish members go through while recovering from assaults or any other injury on duty.”
Cuts to their wages has had a huge impact on a number of gardai.
“I’ve heard reports of members having to go to their parents for financial support or to the St Vincent de Paul Society to put food on the table, to have fuel to light their fires or to get clothes to clothe their children.
“A lot of gardai got greedy during the good times but it didn’t help when a certain mortgage lender asked you how much you wanted when you enquired about a mortgage.”
He fears for the future of policing in the country.
“I joined An Garda Siochana with a view to making a difference to people’s lives, thinking I was going to save the world - how wrong I was.”
He also fears for policing standards with garda more concerned about covering themselves than doing ‘police work’.
“The longer I was in the job the more I saw what it was really about - members and supervisors at times more concerned about covering their backsides doing paperwork then getting out and about doing proper police work.
“In 10 years I’ve a feeling the majority of the force will be under 30 and inexperienced.”