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What is the function of an Garda Síochána?

The Garda Síochána has responsibility for carrying out all policing duties in the Irish State. In addition, it provides State security services and carries out all criminal and traffic law enforcement. The Gardaí have many powers including the powers to arrest you if they suspect you of committing a criminal offence.

Can Garda record you?

Yes, but there are a number of restrictions on the data you can access. In certain circumstances the Gardaí can refuse access. You can make a request to the Garda Síochána for a copy of any personal data that it has about you.

Is filming Garda illegal?

Can I take a photograph of a Garda? Yes. However, a Garda can confiscate (take away) your camera or camera phone if they believe the image relates to a crime. They are not allowed to delete the image itself.

What’s the difference between Garda and Garda?

It is variously known as An Garda Síochána; the Garda Síochána; the Garda; the Gardaí (plural); and it is popularly called “the guards”. Although Garda is singular, in these terms it is used as a collective noun, like police. A police station is called a Garda station.

Is being a Garda a good job?

It’s a great job if you want to live and work this way. Cons- Bad management, sheep syndrome, poor work life balance, sycophants and old sweat attitudes by senior members.

Do Gardai have body cameras?

Garda body cameras will not record all the time and will instead only be activated by gardaí in certain situations, under a new system being considered by management. The introduction of body cameras was recommended by the Commission on the Future of Policing in 2018 and is supported by many gardaí.

Do you have to give guards your name?

The Garda is entitled to stop you in order to detect and prevent crime. However, if the Garda has reasonable grounds for suspecting that you committed an offence, the Garda can use a statutory power to demand your name and address. If you refuse to provide them, then the Garda can arrest you.

What are cops called in Ireland?

Garda Síochána
Law enforcement in Ireland The Republic of Ireland has one national civilian police force, called “An Garda Síochána”, meaning ‘Guardians of the Peace of Ireland’. It has 14,500 staff members and provides both local and national law enforcement services. It is commonly referred to as “Garda”.

Can Guards have tattoos?

Gardaí must not have visible face or neck tattoos, men’s hair is to be short above the ear, women’s hair can be collar length or tied up and tucked away under the hat, never over the eyebrows or the face, with no visible buns or ponytails and definitely “no combination of unnatural colours”.