Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (157)

Seamus Kirk

Question:

157. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is prepared to review the Garda manning levels in County Louth in view of the disturbing crime figures in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29472/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, 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.

Garda management is satisfied that a full and comprehensive policing service is being delivered to the communities in the Louth Garda Division and that current structures in place meet the requirements of the delivery of an effective and efficient policing service.

Specifically in relation to the Louth Garda division, I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of the Louth Garda Division on 31 May 2013, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 289. There are also 48 Garda Reserves and 23 civilians attached to the Louth Garda Division. Divisional resources are further augmented, where necessary, by a number of Garda National Units such as the Garda National Drugs Unit, GNDU, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, NBCI, the Criminal Assets Bureau, CAB, and other specialised units.