Career Paths in An Garda Síochána 1959 to 2004

Gavin, Angela (2004) Career Paths in An Garda Síochána 1959 to 2004. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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September 2003 was a historical month in An Garda Siochhna as it saw the appointment of the first ever female Assistant Commissioner. A commendable achievement in itself regardless of gender, it was viewed by the cynics among us as a public relations exercise designed to relieve the pressure off senior management regarding female representation in the force.

This therefore, acts as the catalyst to review the general promotion techniques within the organisation. Are there certain requirements for members to follow? Perhaps it is essentially a "boy's club" network of which one must be a member. It remains to be seen if the present promotion system is one based solely on merit or does it depend on whom you know rather than what you know?

The data collected certainly leans in the latter direction (case studies, interviews and original documents). One of the main points derived from the interview process was, although members were generally satisfied with their role in the organisation,they had little confidence in the present system. Moreover, they believed that achieving promotion depended on whom you knew.

The Annual Policing Plan 2004 suggests a new competency based promotion system. At this point, one may ask on what was the previous system based? This study delivers the views of a sample of the force along with the theory
surrounding the Human Resource policies and processes. The findings and analysis of this study indicate a thorough review of the HR system is needed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Careers
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Police. Garda.
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Personnel Management
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: Aisling Gorby
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 16:26
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 12:20

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