May the Force be with you

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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