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Operational Support Services Open Day - Westmanstown

An Garda Síochána Specialist Unit Open Day in Westmanstown - Wednesday 9 November 2022
Operational Support Services Open Day - Westmanstown


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Wednesday 9 November 2022

Last Wednesday a group of our senior students had the opportunity to experience first hand the work of An Garda Síochána. They attended an open-air event held in the grounds of Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre. It was organised to introduce students to the work of some of the Garda specialist units and to allow them experience first hand what is involved in each operation.

Among those present were The Armed Support Unit, The Dog Unit, The Mounted Unit and The Sub-Aqua Unit. An extremely well organised event brought the students on a tour of the grounds meeting members of each unit who explained to them what was involved in their daily work. On display was some of the equipment used in operational duty.

As ever the wonderful teamwork between Gardaí and animals was evident when the mounted unit showed how horses may be used in controlling crowds and how calmly but assertively they cope with a riot situation. The biggest attraction for most was the wonderful displays of agility and work by the dogs and their handlers. Dogs were brought through an agility course, sent on a drugs search and ended up with the arrest of an armed suspect. Our students got the opportunity to interact with both the horses and dogs after their displays. It was an event thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We would like to express our thanks to Garda Antoin Keating (Cabra Community Gardaí) for nominating the school and accompanying us on the day. Antoin also organised transport for the event. Thanks also to Garda Barry Tormley (Blanchardstown Garda station) who drove us to and from Westmanstown.

Please view the album for a flavour of the day's proceedings.

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