Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (529)

Gerald Nash

Question:

529. Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will outline the Garda personnel resources allocated to provide policing and patrol car support in the Cooley Peninsula area, County Louth; the number of vehicles available to the gardaí in this area for the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10311/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel and transport, throughout the organisation and I have no direct function in the matter. This allocation of resources is constantly monitored in the context of demographics, crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.

I have been informed by the Commissioner that the Cooley Peninsula is policed by the Garda sub-districts of Carlingford and Omeath which are in the Dundalk District. The strength of the those stations on the 31 January 2013, the latest date for which figures were readily available, was 6 and 4 respectfully. Also on that date there were 149 Gardaí assigned to the Dundalk Garda District.

The following table sets out the Garda vehicles allocated to Dundalk District;

DUNDALK DISTRICT GARDA FLEET STRENGTH 2010 - 2013

Total

As at 22 February 2013

20

2012

20

2011

22

2010

23

The allocation of Garda vehicles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis. The responsibility of for the efficient deployment of all official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between Stations as required by operational circumstances