ACROSS THE COUNTRY there are just under 13,000 gardaí working to keep Ireland safe.
While most of these are Irish-born, a growing contingent of law-enforcement officials from other jurisdictions are taking up roles in An Garda Síochána.
Figures released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act show that since November 2006 there have been 57 non-Irish nationals recruited who are now serving as members of An Garda Síochána or as garda trainees and 54 non-Irish nationals recruited as members of the Garda Reserve.
Since the launch of the Garda Diversity Strategy back in 2009, the number of non-Irish gardaí has increased from 46, while the number in the Garda Reserves has increased from32.
The two non-Irish nationalities with the most gardaí are Chinese, of whom there are 20gardaí in Ireland, and Polish, who have 12 gardaí.
Going by population trends, it makes sense that Polish gardaí would make up a larger number of non-Irish gardaí as they’re the largest immigrant group – with a population of 122,585 at the time of the 2011 census.
While they may account for the most non-Irish gardaí, the Chinese make up a much smaller immigrant group (around 11,000), and it has been noted in previous censuses that many of these are here to study.
It is also noteworthy that there are only 5 British citizens (four English and one Welsh) currently employed as gardaí, considering there are around 115,000 currently resident in Ireland.