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Phase III Method of delivery: Work based learning

Phase III

During Phase III training Probationer Gardaí will engage proactively and independently in the management of policing situations.  Exposure to appropriate policing opportunities will be managed by the supervisory Sergeant to facilitate the Garda Probationer’s achievement of the learning outcomes.  On achievement of the learning outcomes of Phase III, Garda Probationer’s will have met the learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing. 

Method of delivery: Work based learning

Modules covered in Phase III:

Phase III is an integrative phase where the module structure changes for Probationer Gardaí. The Professional Competence module ensures a level of policing competence is achieved, consistent with the programme outcomes.  The Law and Procedures module develops advanced knowledge and applied procedural skills across the operational policing roles, whilst the Policing with Communities module provides the opportunity for depth of community intervention.

  1. Professional CompetenceThe aim of this module is to build on Phase I and II modules with experiential learning from Phase III across the professional policing domain to demonstrate achievement of a level of professional competency to meet the requirements of the learning outcomes and professional competence framework.
  2. Policing with Communities - The aim of this module is to equip Probationer Gardaí with the personal and professional skills required to integrate themselves fully into both the organisation and the community, as they are a valued member of both. This module builds on the skills acquired on both Phase I and Phase II to allow a deeper engagement and interaction with community members. This deeper and progressive understanding of the community and all of the members therein allows for probationers to recognise, not only, those at risk but all sectors of the community that may benefit from garda presence, involvement and support.
  3. 3. Law and Procedures- This module encompasses the traffic policing, crime and incident policing and station roles and responsibilities module that Probationer Gardaí undergo on Phases I and II of their training. The aim of this module is to ensure probationers take personal responsibility to proactively manage a broad range of crime and policing incidents and enhance competence in file preparation, interview techniques, court, policing procedures and investigative techniques. The probationers should be capable of adapting to a wide range of operational policing incidents while always focusing on tailoring service delivery to meet the needs of all clients. 

Academic and Professional Assessment

Throughout the Foundation Training Programme Garda Trainees and Probationer Gardaí shall be subject to academic examinations and professional assessments.  Participation in all examination subjects, professional and physical fitness assessments, and all component of the Foundation Training Programme is mandatory.  Garda Trainees and Probationer Gardaí are required to pass all examinations and assessments during their respective Phases (and Stages on Phase I) in order to progress through the Programme.