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Irish Police Gardai Motorbike Honda

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Authentic die-cast model reproduction of the Honda motorbike used by the Irish Police, An Garda Síochana. We also have Irish Police Gardai cars in our die-cast model collection.

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Irish Police Gardai 4x4 Honda Motorbike

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An Garda Síochana

Garda Síochána na hÉireann (English: 'The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland', originally called 'The Civic Guard' in English), commonly known as the Garda Síochána or simply Garda or Gardaí, is the national police force of the Republic of Ireland. The force is headed by the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Irish Government. The headquarters of the force are located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

As a force the term Garda is used, whilst the plural Irish word gardaí is used when referring to members of the force collectively. The guards is often used colloquially. A female officer was once officially referred to as a bangharda, but this term is less common now, and an officer, male or female, is usually simply called a garda or 'guard'.


The force is headed by the Commissioner. His immediate subordinates are the two Deputy Commissioners, who are in charge respectively of Strategic and Resource Management and Operations. Strategic and Resource Management primarily deals with national organisational and technical matters and does not deal with crime directly, the majority of operational and staffing matters coming under Operations. There are ten Assistant Commissioners: six are geographically based, and the others are assigned to various national support roles. A civilian Director of Finance is placed at a similar organisational level to the Assistant Commissioners.

The six geographical Assistant Commissioners command the six force Regions, currently Dublin Metropolitan, Eastern, Northern, Southern, South-Eastern and Western Regions. Below the Assistant Commissioners are approximately twenty-five Chief Superintendents, who supervise Divisions. Each Division contains a number of Districts, each of which is commanded by a Superintendent, who is assisted by a number of Inspectors. Each District has a number of Subdistricts, which are usually commanded by Sergeants.

Typically each Subdistrict contains only one station. A varying number of Gardai will be based at each station depending on its importance. Most of these hold the basic rank of Garda, which was referred to as the rank of Guard until 1972 (the equivalent of Constable in British police forces). The most junior members of the force are Students, whose duties vary depending on their training progress and who are often given clerical duties if assigned to a station when not in college.

The force also has approximately 1,000 civilian support staff, including a Chief Medical Officer. These civilian posts include a diverse range of professionals, such as administrative staff, accounting staff, drivers, information technology staff, photographers, researchers and teachers.

Unarmed Force

Uniformed members of An Garda Síochána do not carry firearms. It is a tradition of the service that standard policing should be carried out in both rural and urban areas by uniformed officers equipped only with a wooden truncheon. The force when originally created was armed, but in a u-turn the Provisional Government decided to reverse the decision and reconstitute the force as an unarmed police force, in contrast to the refusal of the British Dublin Castle administration which had refused appeals from the Royal Irish Constabulary that that force be disarmed. In the words of first Commissioner, Michael Staines, TD, 'The Garda Síochána will succeed not by force of arms or numbers, but on their moral authority as servants of the people'. According to Garvin such a decision gave the new force a cultural ace: 'the taboo on killing unarmed men and women who could not reasonably be seen as spies and informers.'

Scott Medal

The Scott Medal for Bravery is the highest honour for bravery and valour which can be awarded to a member of the Garda Síochána. The first medals were funded by General Walter Scott, an honorary Commissioner of the New York Police Department To mark the United States link, the American English spelling of valor is used on the medal. The Commissioner of An Garda Síochána chooses the recipients of the medal, which is presented by the Minister for Justice.