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Operational Garda Uniform

The current Garda operational uniform was designed to meet the needs of the organisation at all levels and came on stream in 2006. The design of this uniform followed extensive research into best practice and international standards in uniform production. It presents a smart and contemporary look. As well as an operational uniform, Garda members also have a formal uniform. The formal uniform is worn as directed by the Garda Commissioner or on formal occasions. These occasions would include formal parades, guards of honour and functions hosted by the President, An Taoiseach or Foreign Ambassadors.

The operational uniform consists of:
  • Garda Cap
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Epaulettes
  • Ballistic Vest
  • Trousers/Skirt
  • Belt
  • Waterproof jacket and fleece
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Utility Belt
  • Footwear
  • Gloves

The high visibility jacket is a very important part of protective equipment. The jacket is designed to provide a high level of visibility when a Garda is on outdoor duty especially at night time and when on traffic-related duties.

The utility belt holds the Garda's handcuffs, torch, notebook, fixed charge forms, baton, radio and gloves.

The official issue clip-on tie is worn at all times when on duty in uniform.

The waterproof jacket can be worn with a separate fleece

The Ballistic/Anti-Stab vest is a vital part of equipment issued to members of An Garda Síochána for their personal protection.

The official Garda belt is worn with uniform trousers at all times.

Garda Uniform - Epaulette Garda Uniform - Cap Garda Uniform - Boots
A Garda's epaulette displays his or her "Shoulder Number" which is assigned according to Division and is unique to each member. Members are issued with two types of cap - one for wearing with their operational uniform and one for wearing with formal uniform. Garda caps have chin straps to keep caps in place in windy conditions. Official boots are worn with the operational uniform on outdoor duty.