Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (157)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

156 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when the number of gardaí will be increased in the stations throughout County Kildare in accordance with commitments entered into in the programme for Government and demographic trends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6496/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength of the Carlow-Kildare division, as at 24 February 2004, was 324. It represents an increase of 32 personnel or 10.9% since 31 December 1997. Garda management will continue to appraise the policing and administrative strategy employed in the division with a view to ensuring that an effective Garda service is maintained.

The matter will be kept under review. When additional personnel next become available the needs of the division will be considered in the context of the overall needs of Garda divisions.