Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed a new campaign to recruit members for the Garda Reserve and has expressed confidence that some of the new recruits will be based in County Clare.

According to Deputy Carey the campaign is necessary to fulfil a commitment in the Programme for Government to increase the Garda Reserve to 2,000 by 2021, in its supportive role undertaking local patrols and crime reduction measures.

Deputy Carey said that the aim is to recruit 300 during the current year. “Reserve members have undergone training in many of the skills required to be an effective full-time member of An Garda Síochána. It is important that we build on the very real contribution that they are making to the policing of communities right across the country. The increase in the strength of the reserve will allow the Commissioner to make full use of the reserve to support the delivery of an effective, visible police service in our communities.

“I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing policing as a career to consider first becoming a member of the reserve where they can see at first-hand what being a Garda actually involves. There is now a separate recruitment stream for members of the reserve who want to become guards that recognises the commitment and dedication of reserve members and their important contribution to policing the State.

“The ongoing accelerated recruitment to fulfil the Government’s commitment to increase the strength of An Garda Síochána to 15,000 members also continues,” Deputy Carey explained.

Applications must be made through Closing date for applications is Thursday, April 13th.