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An Garda Síochána announces commencement of new Operational Uniform – Monday 15th August 2022

Issue Date: 14/08/2022

An Garda Síochána announces commencement of new Operational Uniform

An Garda Síochána is delighted to announce that our new Uniform will become operational commencing at 7am on Monday 15th August 2022.

This change, during the 100th anniversary year of the founding of An Garda Síochána, is only the third time that An Garda Síochána has undertaken a formal change of the Garda uniform.

Over the past number of months a logistical operation delivered the new uniform to approximately 13,000 members of An Garda Síochána of Garda, Sergeant and Inspector rank, in excess of 560 Garda stations across every Garda Region, Division, District nationwide. Logistics were also in place to facilitate size changes and returns across the organisation.

The new contemporary uniform incorporates elements such as durability, protection and functionality and the new elements consist of:

• Two tone Soft Shell Jacket
• Two Tone Waterproof Jacket
• Garda Blue Polo Shirt
• Operational Trousers
• Practical Base layers

This is the first time that elements of the uniform, other than the uniform cap, will feature the Garda Crest and demonstrates the respect held by An Garda Síochána for this unique symbol as we enter the second century of policing in Ireland.

The current uniform cap remains in operation as a unique and distinctive element of the Garda uniform.

Background Information:

A key finding of the internal Garda Cultural Audit 2018 was a desire from front-line Gardaí for a new, practical operational uniform. Over 6,500 members of An Garda Síochána contributed to the findings of the Cultural Audit.

The new Garda Uniform is also a key recommendation outlined in the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland Report, ‘A Police Service For Our Future’.

In developing the uniform, An Garda Síochána embarked on a bottom-up collaboration through the Uniform Committee of An Garda Síochána, including international research and implementing a Pilot Project involving nearly 200 frontline Gardaí based at three Garda Stations (Tallaght, Henry Street and Bunclody). These extensive collaborations and engagement designed An Garda Síochána’s new uniform ‘by Garda members, for Garda members’.

Following collaboration between An Garda Síochána and the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform the contract for the manufacture, supply and delivery of the new Operational Uniform was signed in February 2021, and was awarded to James Boylan Safety Ltd (T/A JBS Group), an Irish SME company based in Monaghan.

JBS Group are a privately owned Irish Company established in 1944 that specialises in the supply of operational uniforms and protective supplies.

The contract was designed to ensure that the supply chain demonstrated high levels of sustainability where possible. The successful contractor has been awarded Eco Vadis Gold Rating in terms of sustainability ensuring a combination of the following:

• Reduction in Waste through enhanced stock controls
• Upgrading of traditional styles to avoid unnecessary obsolescence
• Reduction in environmental impacts using a variety of recycled materials
• Provision of end of life solution for work garments

An Garda Síochána has previously updated our uniform policy to embrace the wearing of official headwear for religious and cultural reasons and beliefs including Turban, Kufi, Topi, Kippah, or Hijab.

The project won the award for

• ‘FM Project of the Year – Public Sector’ at the 2022 Facilities Management Awards.

The success of this project was also recognised in its nominations for the following awards;

• ‘Best Manufacturing Procurement Project of the Year’ and
• ‘Best Public Sector, Semi-State or Government Procurement Project of the Year’ at the 2021 National Procurement Awards.