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Migration and Home Affairs
4 June 2024

Garda Diversity Officers

  • Ireland
Target Audience
  • General public
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Local community organisations/NGOs
key themes association
  • Community engagement/civil society
  • Judiciary and law enforcement
  • 2023


An Garda Síochána — Ireland’s National Police and Security Service; Garda National Diversity Unit

Type of Organisation: Governmental institution

Project description

The role of the Garda National Diversity Unit (GNDU) and its team of Garda (Police) Diversity Officers (GDOs) is to liaise with minority communities and reassure them that police services are available to them without discrimination. 

These officers liaise with the Muslim community in general and at their places of worship (mosques and prayer houses) throughout the state. The central function of GNDU and the Garda (Police) GDOs is to build a relationship of trust and confidence with individual Muslims, and to be attuned to periods or occurrences of heightened vulnerability for this community, especially at times of terrorist threat. 

Negative media reporting of Muslims can encourage prejudice and stereotyping of members of this community. To combat this, thanks to their understanding of and excellent relations with the Muslim community, GDOs act to prevent negative media commentary that leads to prejudice and stereotyping of the ‘whole’ community. In such instances, the officers also support police by preventing negative police profiling of this community during times of heightened tension and unease. 

Garda (Police) GDOs endeavour to learn about this community by maintaining constant communication and contact. Police liaison officers may eventually become privy to information that assists in preventing individuals from becoming radicalised. The officers are also available to speak with community members wishing to report in confidence any matter that might endanger the Muslim community in general.


In 2005, the Garda National Diversity and Integration Unit published two handbooks:

  • 'Your Police Service in Intercultural Ireland'
  • 'Intercultural Ireland – Your Changing Community'.

Both of these are available on the Garda Website

Contact details


Garda National Diversity Unit
Garda National Community Engagement Bureau
Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park,
Dublin 8, Ireland

Contact person: Inspector Ciaran Nunan
Telephone: (+353) 1-666 31 50
diversityatgarda [dot] ie (Email) | Website

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4 JUNE 2024
Garda Diversity Officers