A Co Kildare Senator is calling for the promotion of Gardaí to Sergeants with an increasing level of Garda recruitments.
With the Government’s commitment to increasing Garda numbers attesting from the Training College in Templemore, there is also a need to increase the number of Garda promotions to Sergeant, a Fine Gael Senator says.
Kildare Senator Anthony Lawlor said the promotion of Sergeants needs to keep pace with Garda attestments.
Senator Lawlor said:“Kildare Garda stations are set to welcome 10 newly attested Garda to Naas, Leixlip and Kildare, as part of a significant national increase in the numbers of Gardaí announced this week by my colleague the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan."
He said:“This is great news for crime prevention around the country. Since the Government reopened Templemore, after Fianna Fáil closed it during the economic crash, approximately 2,000 new Gardaí have been assigned to mainstream policing duties across the country.
Garda Sergeants are required to supervise the training of the recruits when they move from the Garda College in Templemore to their new stations around the country. So with almost 800 recruits being attested this year, the process of promotion needs to keep pace with the recruitment."
According to Senator Lawlor, promotion interviews are currently taking place.
He said: "I understand this process should be completed in the next few months and I expect to see that those promoted will be assigned to their roles soon after.
Sergeants are vital in the training and supervision of newly attested recruits and we need sufficient numbers to continue to ensure that we have a high quality police force.”
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