Written Answers. - Garda Strength.

Brendan Howlin

Question:

42 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the total numbers of members of the Garda Síochána at the latest date for which figures are available; the total numbers at 1 January 2003 and 6 June 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17101/03]

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength (all ranks) of the Garda Síochána on 6 June 2002 was 11,748. The personnel strength (all ranks) of the Garda Síochána on 1 January 2003 was 11,895. A further 114 probationer gardaí are due to be attested to the force today which will put the strength of the force at 11,853.