The new Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, has promised to double the number of civilians in the force to 4,000 during his time in office.
It is a significant commitment because 1,500 of the civilian recruits will be used to release 1,500 gardaí for front-line duties and the other 500 will take on new tasks.
Harris will have to overcome internal resistance, after the Policing Authority found that there was a lack of ‘buy-in’ to the strategy among some...
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