THE GARDAI have unveiled a range of trendy new uniforms which will be trialled this summer.
The Garda Representative Association released images of the uniform on social media yesterday which they said will be trialled in three Garda stations on a pilot scheme, beginning in July.
The three stations to trial the new garments will be Tallaght and Henry Street Garda stations in Dublin, as well as Bunclody Garda station in Wexford.
The uniform includes cargo trousers and a T-shirt made of hybrid breathable materials.
Below are images of the armed support uniform and the active duty summer uniform.
One of the outfits includes a beret which is reminiscent of that worn by The Blueshirts, a right-wing movement in the Irish Free State in the 1930’s.
The aim of the new uniform is to keep officers safe and comfortable.
The Garda Representative Association (GRA) have unveiled new Garda uniforms that will be trialled on a pilot scheme at three Garda stations this summer.
The three lucky stations to take part will be Tallaght and Henry Street Garda stations in Dublin and Bunclody Garda station in Wexford.
The official GRA Twitter account posted the new uniforms on Tuesday, saying: "The Frontline must be safe and comfortable in their uniform. This is the first - important - small step."
Superintendent Liam White, who is based at Garda Headquarters in Phoenix Park, explained that feedback from members of the force will influence the final design.
He said: "[Frontline police] want a uniform that is fit for purpose, so this is what we have come up with for a pilot scheme.
"It's front-line personnel on the regular units that will be participating in the pilot, and it's the feedback that we will get from them that will go into - hopefully - determining what is going to be delivered in the next uniform contract."
He added: "[There's] definitely a lot of positive feedback, but like everything else it's new. It's a complete departure from what we have had over the years, or since the inception of An Garda Síochana."
"Ultimately it will be the people on the ground [...] who will feed back into it."
Something of a mixed reaction to prototypes of new Garda uniform pic.twitter.com/h3AbRLmB48
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