Written Answers. - Garda Training.

Colm M. Hilliard

Question:

49 Mr. Hilliard asked the Minister for Justice her views on whether a serious shortage of gardaí trained as scene-of-crime examiners is hampering criminal investigations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9156/97]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are 242 qualified scene-of-crime examiners in the Garda Síochána and that this number is sufficient for the operational demands placed on the Force.

John O'Donoghue

Question:

50 Mr. O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí designated as juvenile liaison officers for each of the Garda divisions; the number of offenders which have been dealt with under the scheme by county; and the number of these who are repeat offenders. [9092/97]

The deployment of the Garda Síochána is the responsibility of the Garda authorities.

They have informed me that the territorial area covered by a garda juvenile liaison officer is defined on the basis of a Garda district or division as appropriate. This does not always conform to county boundaries. The current deployment of juvenile liaison officers is set out by Garda division, in the following table:

Deployment of Juvenile Officers

District-Division

Gardaí

Sergeant

Dublin Metropolitan Area North

12

1

Dublin Metropolitan Area South

11

1

Dublin Metropolitan Area East

6

1

Dublin Metropolitan Area North Central

3

1

Dublin Metropolitan Area South Central

4

1

Louth-Meath

3

Longford-Westmeath

3

Laois-Offaly

2

Carlow-Kildare

2

Wexford

3

Waterford-Kilkenny

5

Tipperary

2

Cork West

2

Cork City

5

1

Cork North

2

Kerry

2

Limerick

1

1

Clare

1

Galway West

2

Roscommon-Galway East

2

Mayo

2

Sligo-Leitrim

1

Donegal

3

Cavan-Monaghan

2

Total*

81

7

* This total does not include staff at the Garda National Juvenile Office, Harcourt Square, who monitor and co-ordinate all matters relating to juveniles on a national scale.
The National Juvenile Office which co-ordinates the whole Juvenile Liaison Scheme is located at DMA Headquarters in Harcourt Square. It is staffed by one Superintendent, one Inspector, two Sergeants and 4 Clerical Assistants.
Statistics compiled at the National Juvenile Office are on a divisional basis. The following table shows the total number of cautions administered in respect of referrals made during 1995, and the number of these which represent repeat offenders.
1995 Referrals

District-Division

Referrals

Repeat Offenders

Dublin South Central

299

16

Dublin South

641

72

Dublin North

846

73

Dublin North Central

325

16

Dublin East

406

47

Louth-Meath

383

25

Longford-Westmeath

188

24

Laois-Offaly

134

14

Carlow-Kildare

184

8

Wexford

215

8

Waterford-Kilkenny

395

22

Tipperary

70

8

Cork East

632

41

Cork West

84

19

Kerry

111

13

Limerick

256

13

Clare

171

14

Galway West

216

12

Roscommon-Galway East

146

8

Mayo

90

5

Sligo

81

6

Donegal

232

11

Cavan-Monaghan

250

40