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Superintendent Competition FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for this selection competition?

Officers who have served no less than two years in the rank of Inspector in the Garda Síochána or the Police Service of Northern Ireland are eligible to apply.

Eligibility for the competition is set out in the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (Appointments to the ranks of Assistant Commissioner, Chief Superintendent and Superintendent) Regulations 2016 made by the Minister for Justice and Equality.


Information on Terms and Conditions


Details of the terms and conditions pertaining to appointments arising from this selection competition are available from the HR Unit in the Garda Síochána. Any queries relating to same may be emailed to superintendent@policingauthority.ie and will be referred to the Garda Síochána HR Unit for direct reply.


What will happen once the selection process is complete?

After the selection process is complete the Authority will establish a panel of candidates in the order of merit determined by the Selection Board. Before appointment of a candidate the Authority must be satisfied in relation to the matters set out in Regulation 12, including the satisfactory outcome of the clearance process, which includes any process, including vetting, to establish the health and character of the candidate.



What documents will be before the selection board?

The following documents will be made available to the selection board for this competition:

    · Candidate’s completed application form;
    · Candidate’s Information Booklet; and
    · Policing Authority Statement of Practice for the conduct of the selection competition.
Candidates invited to interview will also be requested to bring a photograph which will be associated with their application.

In addition, material required for the administration of the selection process will be made available to Board members.


Chief Superintendent Competition

This competition has now closed. The documents pertaining to this competition are available below.

Chief Superintendent Application Form

Chief Superintendent Information Booklet

Chief Superintedent Statement of Practice


Assistant Commissioner Competition

This competition has now closed. The documents pertaining to this competition are available below.

Asssistant Commissioner Application Form

Assistant Commissioner Information Booklet

Assistant Commissioner Statement of Practice