Garda Reserves Graduate from Garda College
One hundred Garda Reserves graduated at a ceremony on Monday 15th July ’13 at the Garda College,Templemore, Co. Tipperary. The graduation was attended by Mr. Alan Shatter T.D. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Among those 28 females and 72 males graduating were citizens from Romania, Croatia, India, Albania, Poland and Lithuania.
Speaking at the ceremony, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said “This auspicious occasion is a culmination of the hard work, dedication and sacrifices you have made as you undertook your intensive, challenging and important training here at the Garda College. Your enthusiasm and willingness to engage with all aspects of the course has been noted and is greatly appreciated by the College staff. The skills you have learned will be an asset to the wider Garda organisation and will be welcomed by the communities you have undertaken to serve in the proudest traditions of An Garda Síochána”.
Mr Callinan continued “Community and Community Policing are central to the work carried out by An Garda Síochána – the primary purpose of the force is to protect and serve. The authority for these lofty aims is, as Commissioner Staines put it so many years ago, a moral one. The community we serve holds us in high esteem. It is incumbent on each of us to strive to maintain our professionalism, so that this esteem is warranted and continuing. In this regard we must abide and live by the core values of An Garda Síochána – Honesty, Accountability, Respect and Professionalism – (HARP)”.