An Garda Síochána
An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland. The Mission of An Garda Síochána is “Working with Communities to Protect and Serve”. Following the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the Dublin Metropolitan Police merged with the recently established An Garda Síochána in 1925. Today, An Garda Síochána is a community-based organisation with over 14,500 Garda and Civilian employees, who serve all sections of the community. Headquartered in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, they are represented in every county in Ireland, listening to, acting and working with the community. Some of An Garda Síochána’s core functions include: the detection and prevention of crime; ensuring the nation’s security; reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety; working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour; and promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life. An Garda Síochána has a long established tradition of working closely with communities all across Ireland. By fostering and maintaining effective community partnerships, and ensuring a more visible Garda presence, they work to achieve a reduction in crime and the fear of crime in their communities.
- Eamon O’Loughlinis a Sergeant in charge of the Garda International Coordination Unit, and is point of contact for Slandail.