A Women's Network is to be set up in An Garda Síochána, to mark 60 years since women were able to join.
In July 1959, following a long-running campaign by civic groups, 12 women joined the force and were stationed at Pearse Street station.
There are currently 3,780 women serving - making up 27% of Garda members.
This is above the European average for female representation within police services.
While 26% of the Garda reserve are women, as are 76% of Garda staff.
Speaking about the anniversary at an event in Farmleigh in Dublin, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris says: "Sixty years ago these pioneers of policing in Ireland took the brave and honourable step of becoming a Garda and, in doing so, not only helped protect the communities they served, but also inspired many other women to follow in their footsteps.
"We have come a long way since the first 12 women joined An Garda Síochána in July 1959.
"Female representation within the ranks of An Garda Síochána is strong.
"Women perform duty across the whole range of operational units and bureaus.
"Every day the women of An Garda Síochána make a positive difference to individuals and the communities this organisation serves across the country and further afield."
But Commissioner Harris says more needs to be done.
"Not only do we need to encourage more women to join An Garda Síochána, we also need to continue to give female Gardaí the encouragement and support to apply for specialist units, detective duties and promotion so we can continue to increase female representation across An Garda Síochána."
As part of this, Commissioner Harris says a Women's Network is being set up to support and encourage women in the advancement of their careers in the organisation.
It will be chaired by Chief Superintendent Margaret Nugent.