Garda HQ Launch New Uniform
To be issued to over 13,000 uniformed members across 560 Stations by end of Q1
THE delivery of a new Garda Uniform to frontline operational Gardaí commences this week.
Over the next number of weeks this new operational uniform will be delivered to over 13,000 uniform members of An Garda Síochána of Garda, Sergeant and Inspector rank across every Garda Region, Division, District and in excess of 560 Garda stations nationwide.
The new uniform “incorporates elements such as durability, protection and functionality”, according to Garda HQ at today’s official launch. This new uniform will become the operational uniform for daily duties, currently expected to be next month, March 2022.
As An Garda Síochána approaches the 100th Anniversary of its establishment, this is only the third time in that century that a formal upgrade of the Garda uniform has taken place. It is also the first time that the Operational Uniform, other than the uniform cap, will feature the Garda Crest.
The new uniform will consist of:
- Two tone Soft Shell Jacket
- Two Tone Waterproof Jacket
- Garda Blue Polo Shirt
- Operational Trousers
- Practical Base layers
Reacting to the launch, GRA President Frank Thornton said:
“While our members have yet to receive delivery of the new uniforms, the feedback from the divisions where it has been piloted has been positive in that it better suits modern policing"
“GRA members have for years expressed dissatisfaction with both the quality and appearance of the existing uniform. What has been unveiled today represents progress given that members will be wearing more comfortable, practical garments made from modern fabrics”
"While opinions on the appearance and the style of the uniform vary, ultimately it is when members wear the uniform that they will be able to make a more informed judgment."
An extensive delivery schedule is now in place, starting in the Dublin Region, to ensure that every uniform member of An Garda Síochána receives their new uniform, can check the uniform fits and arrange for returns if/ where required, prior to the formal commencement of the operational use of the new uniform. A guide to the uniform will also be issued to all members.