Now former Garda Sgt Christy Galligan is back – as a private investigator.
The well-known Carrigart man, who was on the beat for 29 years, has set up Gallic Private Investigations.
Mr Galligan has said that the current force is faced with the problem of spending to much time in the office with paperwork instead of being out on the street.
He said his new career will take him into the area of insurance fraud and litigation.
He is currently the only employee of Gallic Private Investigations but says he hopes to take on some of his former Garda colleagues.