Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána
Common name Gardaí
Badge of An Garda Síochána.svg
Shield o An Garda Síochána
Motto Wirkin wi Communities tae Pertect an Ser (Ag obair le Pobail chun iad a chosaint agus chun freastal orthu)[a]
Agency owerview
Formed 22 Februar, 1922[1]
Preceding agencies
  • Ryal Irish Constabulary
  • Irish Republican Polis
  • Dublin Metropolitan Polis (in 1925)
Employees 17,607 (total)
13,977 sworn members
3,164 civilian staff
466 reserves[2]
Annual budget €1.426 billion (2015)[3]
Legal personality Non govrenment: government agency
Jurisdictional structur
Naitional agency Republic o Ireland
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An Garda Síochána aurie o jurisdiction in daurk blue
Size 70,273 km²
Population 4,588,252 (2011)[4]
General naitur
  • Law enforcement
  • Ceevilian police
Operational structur
Heidquarters Garda Heidquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Officers 14,443 incl. 466 reserves (2019)[2]
Civilians 3,164 (2019)[2]
Elected officer responsible Charles Flanagan (TD), Meenister fur Justice an Equality
Agency executive Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner
Regions 4:
Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR)
Stations 564[5]
Motors 2,815 (2017)[6]
Boats Garda Watter Unit
Aircraft 2 helicopters
1 fixed-wing surveillance aircraft
Canines Garda Dug Unit
Horses Garda Muntit Unit
^ "Wirkin wi Communities tae Pertect an Ser" is descrived as mission statement raither than formal motto

An Garda Síochána (Erse pronunciation: [ən ˈɡaːrd̪ə ˈʃiːxaːn̪ˠə] ( listen); meanin "the Gairdian o the Peace"), mair commonly referred to as the Gardaí ([ˈɡaːɾˠd̪ˠiː] "Gairdians") or "the Gairds", is the polis service o the Republic o Ireland. The service is heidit by the Garda Commissioner thit is appyntit by the Erse Govrenment. Its heidquarters are in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

  1. McNiffe, Liam (1997). A History of the Garda Síochána. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-86327-581-8. The Provisional Government of the Irish Free State set up a committee to organise a new police force. The committee first met in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday, 9 February 1922 … … ...The first recruit was officially attested on 21 February 1922 and he had been joined by ninety-eight others by the end of that month
  2. a b c "FAQs – How many Garda Members are there?". Garda Síochána. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  3. "Part IV Estimates for Public Services 2015 – Incorporating Summary Public Capital Programme (Table 1)" (PDF). Budget 2015. Department of Finance. p. 142.
  4. "2011 Census: Ireland's population stands at 4,588,252". 29 Mairch 2012. Archived frae the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  5. "The reasons for the selection of Garda Stations to be closed". Dept of Justice and Equality. Retrieved 26 Juin 2015.
  6. "Department of Justice and Equality | Garda Transport Data". Kildare Street. 2 Mairch 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.