Welfare

An introduction by By Mark Reddy

Having voluntarily worked with, studied and advocated on behalf of all members since 2002,
I am acutely aware of the issues you face daily in regards to the work you do and the stress you face.
Therefore this site should be used as a tool to help you throughout your careers.
I believe members of An Garda Siochana are of paramount importance to our communities. The country
requires a service that is both supported, appropriately equipped and healthy in themselves in order to be
better for the communities you serve and protect.

Members require a comprehensive therapeutic support service to help you and your families cope with the
horrendous traumas and stress that can affect each of you throughout your careers.
Currently many members feel isolated and vilified in the public, many suffer dreadfully and in silence.
Personally, I see this as a national shame and one that can only impact badly on us all. This site therefore
is a means of helping you.

Members require a comprehensive therapeutic support service to help you and your families cope with the
horrendous traumas and stress that can affect each of you throughout your careers.

My recommendations since 2002:
24/7 Telephone Counselling to aid members at nighttime and the weekend.
A core Non Member Garda Therapy Team, manned by experienced and trusted therapists. Independent,
confidential and with the authority to request changes in this area.
Mandatory Counselling needs to be provided to all members following traumatic incidents. This will
immediately elevate any negativity assigned to seeking support and start to change the insular culture
within the force.

A non-member Garda Mediator and Representative is required to help those suffering from bullying, those
in conflict and those returning from long term leave. Areas such as transfers, bullying and those returning
from injury or illness need a trusted and proactive person to help resolve issues before they become
bigger, more stressful and more costly for the force.
4/7/2018 Garda Support

 

These recommendations need to work together in order to be effective.
Change management experts need to be appointed to look at helping the force to bring about the changes
required.

Proactive and hardworking members of the force should be supported, trained and have opportunities to
develop in their careers. The future of the force depends on members working together to bring about the
changes needed.

 

Mark Reddy S.C