We met Garda Margaret and she told us that she would show us what happens when someone is arrested. One of the boys volunteered to be the one arrested. We went to the interview room and she showed us a huge, huge book that she has to fill in. She has to write in the prisoner's name, address, eye colour, height and everything about the prisoner. We felt sorry for her and wondered if her hand got sore from so much writing.
Then some of us went to the cells to see where prisoners are kept while they are waiting to go to court or while they are waiting to be interviewed. Sgt. Bracken told us all about the cells. They didn't look too nice! We saw where the prisoners can go for a shower and tidy up.
While some of us were looking at the cells the rest of us had a chance to have our finger prints taken. Garda Margaret told us that they have a machine that can scan your prints and send them to Dublin in case you have given them a false name. She took our fingerprints the old way, with ink. We got to keep our fingerprints and bring them home.
Next, we went up to the control room. All the '999' calls come into this room and Garda Harry has the job of answering them and telling the gardaí on the beat where to go. He also has lots of screens and can see around the town and make sure the traffic is moving and that everyone is safe.
After we had finished we went to a room with a snooker table in it! This is where the gardaí can have a break. Garda Margaret showed us the stab vest and belt that the gardaí have to wear and then she showed us the jacket and cap that a plain clothes garda can wear when she or he is at the scene of a crime. Some of us got to dress up.
Garda Margaret gave us all an awful fright. She told us about the pepper spray that gardaí use and then showed us a bottle. Suddenly she sprayed it at us. It was only water. We all got a fright and then laughed and laughed.
The last thing we did was we had our photograph taken. Then we got back on the bus very hungry. Some of us want to be gardaí now and some of us think its a tough job.