Senior gardaí to get lessons in upholding the law and behaving honestly
The Government is looking to hire a person to train more than 1,000 senior gardaí on the need to uphold the law and act with honesty and integrity while carrying out their day-to-day duties.
The Office of Government Procurement has published a tender calling for a suitable candidate to deliver a training course on the Garda Code of Ethics - more than seven months after the code was unveiled by Tánáiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in January "as a beacon to guide ethical behaviour in An Garda Síochána for years to come".
It focuses on nine key points, including upholding the law, acting with honesty and integrity, speaking up and reporting any wrongdoing or corrupt, unethical or unprofessional behaviour of colleagues.
The code also expects every person working in An Garda Síochána - be they sworn members or civilian employees - to uphold a series of stated commitments.
These include abiding by such promises as "I will act with self-control, even when provoked or in a volatile situation" and "I will make sure that I do not take any substance, such as alcohol or drugs, that will make me unfit for work".
The course is due to get under way in October in all six garda regions.