Irish Photog Takes 3rd Place
in Police Photo Competition

An image of a garda checkpoint targeting organized crime in Cork City has taken a third place in an international police photo competition.  The photo was taken by Ciaran McGowan, 26.  Ciaran, whose father is Det Supt Jim McGowan, works full-time as a press photographer with the Collins agency.  He and 92 others graduated as reserve force officers at the Garda College in Templemore last December.

Europol is the European Union's law enforcement agency. Based in The Hague, the Netherlands, the agency works closely with law enforcement agencies in the 27 EU member states and in non-EU partners such as Australia, Canada, United States and Norway. 

First prize was won by Austrian police officer Alfred Effenberger, for his photo of Alpine police training on a snowy mountainside, while runner-up was Italian police diver, Alessandro Grasso, for his shot from the School of Marshals in Rome. The three win a trip to the Netherlands, including a visit to Europol HQ.


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