Government looking abroad for garda personnel?

It’s reported new Commissioner will travel in armoured vehicle accompanied by team of armed gardai.

Sligo News File.

There is clearly no shortage of recruits for the gardai but despite this it appears that the government is planning to pull in new policing staff from outside the country.

Justice minister Flanagan has said the garda inspectorate proposes in a Review “that a programme be developed to recruit experienced police officers from police services in other jurisdictions.

“I have sent the Review to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland to consider in the context of its forthcoming Report which will bring forward to Government proposals on the future of policing including on the appropriate composition and recruitment methods and routes into the Garda Síochána,” he said.

The incoming garda commissioner, Harris, a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, is meanwhile expected to take up his new role in September. A”competitive remuneration package” for the job is understood to include a salary of upwards of €250,000.

According to reports, he will be protected by an armed Garda security team when he takes up duty in the State.

It’s also reported that a heavy armoured vehicle of the type used in Northern Ireland or world trouble spots will be recommended for the use of the new commissioner, as well as which a full-time team of armed close protection Garda officers will be posted to his security detail.