May the Force be with you
Transition year pupils get a chance for experience what it’s like being a garda.
Eleven transition year pupils got a chance for a whole week to experience what it’s like being a garda.
The students, drawn from secondary schools in the Bandon area, were invited to see the everyday work of members of the force stationed locally. Chief Supt Cadogan, who is in charge of policing the West Cork Garda Division, welcomed all students and emphasised that good practice and ethics are at the core of our work in the community.
Over the course of the week, the students listened to speakers from a variety of areas within An Garda Síochána.
They were addressed by the juvenile liaison officer, property exhibit management section, roads policing unit, a newly qualified probationer garda, and even went for a guided tour of the Garda College and Museum in Templemore.
They also had visits from the Crime Prevention Officer, Drugs Unit, Armed Support Unit, and have a detailed tour of the Garda Station, including a demonstration of the Garda uniform and equipment. The work experience was coordinated by Garda Damian White, community garda in Bandon, under the direction of Chief Supt Cadogan. Garda White said the students also received a presentation from civilian staff, outlining their important role.
“They were also addressed by the Scenes of Crime Unit, Continuous Professional Development Unit, Victim’s Office,” Garda White said.
“They also visited the local District Court, where they were addressed by the District Court Judge in advance of court, and saw how the justice system operates in real life,” he said.
Garda White added that feedback from the students was very enthusiastic, “and the seed of recruitment to a career in the Gardai may well have been planted”.
Young people learn about dusting for fingerprints with Garda Niall Keane.
Some of the 11 TY students gaining work experience with gardaí in Bandon.
Transition Year students are shown Garda equipment. riot
Using the stinger device with Garda Deirdre Lyons.