Recruitment and retention are set to dominate as the 46th Annual Conference of Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors gets underway today.

170 delegates representing 31 AGSI Branches will gather in Westport this evening.

This year's conference comes off the back of the Dublin Riots, roster disputes, and issues with burdensome red tape for members.

Along with 23 individual motions, the three day conference will see the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner address sergeants and inspectors tomorrow.

Top of the agenda is not only recruitment and retention, but also ongoing transformation challenges and the ‘change fatigue’ that's setting in.

Members are also expected to call for a review of the Garda suspension policy with a view to having an independent oversight mechanism put in place.

This follows the recent controversy around the suspension of a garda for more than three years for giving an unwanted bicycle to a pensioner.


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