Ninety Nine student Gardai were attested today during their passing out ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore, Co. Tipperary. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. and the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan both welcomed the 81 male and 18 female Gardai into the force. During the ceremony, two special medals were awarded to two student gardai. The Commissioners Medal and the Gary Sheehan Memorial medal.
The Commissioner’s Medal is awarded to the student achieving the highest aggregate marks in academic subjects on the completion of Phase I of the BA (Applied Policing) programme. The winner will have excelled in studies in the subject areas of Foundations of Policing, Policing with Communities, Crime and Incident Policing, Traffic Policing, Station Roles and Responsibilities, Professional Competence and Officer and Public Safety.
The Commissioner’s Medal is awarded to: Garda Angela Gavin.
Garda Gavin is a native of Dublin. Prior to joining An Garda Síochána she worked in anti-money laundering in the Financial Sector. She has a BA European Business & and Languages – National College of Ireland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies. She also has an Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White Collar & Regulatory Crime – Kings Inns and a Professional Cert in Financial Prevention – University College Dublin.
In addition to her academic ability Garda Gavin has involved herself in many aspect of student life including the International Police Association, having a role as a class representative and raising funds for Temple Street Hospital. She is highly respected by her colleagues and Garda College Staff and is known to have spent much of her spare time to assist others in their studies and interact with vulnerable people in society. She has been complemented widely by the Foundation Training Section for her contribution in class and was a constant positive example to her peers. Garda Gavin will be stationed at Drogheda Garda Station.
The Gary Sheehan Memorial Medal commemorates Recruit Garda Gary Sheehan who died on duty at Ballinamore, Co Leitrim on the 16th December 1983 and is awarded to the best all-round student. The recipient will have contributed significantly to life at the Garda College and distinguished himself/herself in the academic field. Additionally, the winner will have, by the initiative shown, and leadership qualities so obviously displayed during the training period, won the respect of his/her peers
The Gary Sheehan Memorial Medal is awarded to: Garda Eoin O Malley.
Garda Eoin O Malley is from Carraroe, Co Galway. Prior to joining An Garda Síochána he worked in retail in both the automotive and medical industries. During his Garda training, Garda O Malley has contributed significantly to Garda College life through his interaction and support for his colleagues. Garda O Malley is highly respected by both staff and students alike and is acknowledged for his courteous, mature and measured approach to any situation throughout Phase I of the programme. He has shown strong resolve and actively supported his fellow colleagues during difficult times. He has been recognised for his excellent leadership qualities and as a role model within the student cohort.
Despite his demanding study schedule he found time to be involved in the Garda College football teams who were successful in winning the Trench Cup, he was considered as both a team member and mentor and was highly respected for the exemplary behavior that he demonstrated both on and off the field. In training he has shown a high level of professional knowledge and proven ability to deal with a variety of policing tasks. Garda O Malley will be stationed at Castlebar Garda Station.
Photos: Courtesy Declan Keogh and Garda Press Office.