Contribution by Marie Daly, Region 24
IPA Ireland is known to offer a range of scholarships, sponsored seminars, great value trips and tours abroad to its members.
Depending on the type of scholarship, the eligibility criteria vary in order to accommodate a variety of IPA members of differing tenure and experience.
In 1996, IPA Ireland worked closely with the Garda College Templemore in putting in place an IPA sponsored scholarship.
This Scholarship took the form of The IPA Garda College: European Language Scholarship and entry into the selection process was open to the Student Gardaí during their training period in the Garda College.
The criteria for selection as agreed between IPA Ireland and An Garda Síochána was administered by Garda College staff and was greatly dependent on the student’s achievement in their language studies.
IPA Ireland also worked closely with IPA Germany in putting the overseas element of this International Scholarship placement programme in place.
An Garda Síochána assisted with the securing of authorisation by the Department of Justice for the introduction of the Scholarship and a specific Indemnity Certificate which was essential for the protection of all was put in place for the programme.
The Scholarship was based on a two week stay in Germany, with the Garda Student attending a professional policing related Seminar at IBZ Schloss Gimborn for the duration of the first week and in the second week, the student went on placement with Police Units in Cologne city.
Following the formal introduction of this Scholarship, the first Students selected in the programme travelled to Germany in 1997.
Following the unexpected and untimely death in 1996 of IPA National Executive Committee (NEC) member Ned Joy (National Development Secretary) who had taken part in the initial internal IPA discussions on the possible introduction of a Scholarship for Garda Students, the NEC decided to honour his name by designating the IPA Garda College European Language Scholarship as the International Police Association: Ned Joy Garda Scholarship.
Garda Ned Joy served at Tullamore Garda Station.
The qualifying criteria and all other relevant elements of the Scholarship remained unchanged until recruitment to An Garda Síochána ceased and Student Gardaí were no longer available to take part in the programme.
Twenty years on from those discussions that took place resulting in the establishment of this Scholarship, which was unique in the IPA world at that time, it is fitting that this Scholarship, once again is one of the many beneficial elements that IPA Ireland brings to the world of policing in this Section.
The new foundation training programme places a greater emphasis on teamwork throughout the hybrid problem-based learning which is at the core of the programme.
Trainee Gardaí are required to work in teams as this emulates the work of operational Gardaí. ‘Teamwork’ is the criteria for the I.P.A award to commend this aspect of a Trainee Garda’s learning.
The selection process allows for each I.P.A student to cast a vote for the I.P.A. member they consider to be the best team worker. The Trainee’s only have experience with Trainee’s in their own class so for this reason there is four (4) nominees for the award from each intake i.e. one (1) Trainee from each class (A-D).
The Staff Foundation Team at the Garda College consider the four (4) nominees and pick the one (1) Trainee’s that they feel was the most consistent team worker throughout Phase I.
The administration of the award is carried out by the Garda College, and the award is subject to I.P.A membership.
The scholarship is awarded at the Passing Out Ceremony at the end of Phase I by the Garda Commissioner in the presence on The President of the I.P.A. Section Ireland.