The Gardai have launched a campaign to attract its first Arab recruits.
Posters advertising a new round of recruitment were today on the force’s website, with appeals in Arabic to join up.
The gardai already have several Chinese officers and now want to extend its cultural mix by recruiting Arabic speakers.
The campaign does not expressly state it but some of those who sign up may join the gardai’s fight against extremism.
However, it is thought that the vast majority of recruits would be assigned to the frontline in day to day uniform police work.