Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (190, 191)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

190. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí of each rank attached to each station (details supplied) in each of the past ten years. [4928/18]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

191. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of probationary and newly commissioned gardaí who have been deployed at stations (details supplied). [4929/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together.

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.

Kevin Street and Kilmainham Garda Stations form part of the Dublin Metropolitan Region (D.M.R.) South Central Division, Ballyfermot forms part of the D.M.R. West Division with Crumlin Garda Station forming part of the D.M.R. South Division. The Garda strength of the D.M.R.  South Central Division on 31 December 2017 was 622 with 37 Garda Reserves and 63 Garda civilian staff attached to the Division. The total Garda strength of the D.M.R. West Division on 31 December 2017 was 672 with 26 Reserves and 52 Garda Civilian staff and the total strength of the D.M.R. South Division on 31 December 2017 was 532 with 20 Reserves and 36 Garda civilian staff. When appropriate, the work of local Gardaí is supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Units, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

As the Deputy will be aware, this Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

I am informed by the Commissioner that since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, just under 1,600 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide, of whom 141, 137 and 118 have been assigned to the D.M.R. South Central, D.M.R. West and D.M.R. South Divisions respectively.  I am pleased to say that Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,551 at the end of 2017 - a net increase of over 600 since the end of 2016.

I am also pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the vision of an overall workforce of 21,000 by 2021 remains on track. This year a further 800 new Garda Recruits will enter the Garda College. Also 800 Garda trainees are scheduled to attest during the year which will see Garda numbers, taking account of projected retirements, reach 14,000 by the end of 2018.

In addition, a further 500 civilians will also be recruited to fill critical skills gaps across the organisation and to facilitate the redeployment of Gardaí from administrative and technical duties to front-line operational duties. There are plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve with new Reserves expected to commence training in 2018.

This focus on investment in personnel is critical. The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Division, including the DMR Divisions.

In so far as the allocation of newly attested Gardaí is concerned, this is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. I am assured by the Commissioner that the needs of all Garda Divisions are fully considered when determining the allocation of resources. However, it is important to keep in mind that newly attested Gardaí have a further 16 months of practical and class-room based training to complete in order to receive their BA in Applied Policing. To ensure that they are properly supported and supervised and have opportunities to gain the breadth of policing experience required, the Commissioner's policy is to allocate them to specially designated training stations which have the required training and development structures and resources in place, including trained Garda tutors and access to a permanently appointed supervisory Sergeant who is thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities under the training programme.  

I am advised by the Commissioner that the number of Gardaí, by rank  attached to Crumlin, Kilmainham, Kevin Street and Ballyfermot  Garda Stations in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and the number of probationer Gardaí assigned to these stations since the reopening of the Garda College are as set out in the following tables.

CRUMLIN GARDA STATION 2007-2017

YEAR

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

TOTAL

2007

82

18

5

2

1

108

2008

78

20

5

2

1

106

2009

84

16

3

1

1

104

2010

82

17

5

2

1

107

2011

80

16

4

1

1

102

2012

75

16

4

2

1

98

2013

71

18

5

2

1

97

2014

69

17

5

2

1

94

2015

69

17

4

2

1

94

2016

71

22

6

2

1

102

2017

76

17

5

2

1

101

BALLYFERMOT GARDA STATION 2007-2017

YEAR

GD

SG

IN

TOTAL

2007

74

12

1

87

2008

81

16

1

98

2009

84

10

1

95

2010

84

13

2

99

2011

83

11

2

96

2012

80

11

2

93

2013

76

9

2

87

2014

73

11

1

85

2015

74

11

1

86

2016

72

12

1

85

2016

72

9

1

83

KEVIN STREET GARDA STATION 2007-2017

YEAR

GD

SG

IN

SU

TOTAL

2007

119

14

5

1

139

2008

133

15

5

1

154

2009

135

11

5

1

152

2010

136

13

6

1

156

2011

135

11

6

1

153

2012

123

15

4

1

143

2013

114

17

3

1

135

2014

102

15

4

121

2015

99

14

3

1

117

2016

96

15

5

1

117

2017

89

11

3

1

104

KILMAINHAM GARDA STATION 2007-2017

YEAR

GD

SG

IN

TOTAL

2007

70

16

1

87

2008

72

15

1

88

2009

71

15

86

2010

67

16

83

2011

58

16

74

2012

65

12

1

78

2013

66

12

1

79

2014

58

14

72

2015

62

13

75

2016

62

11

73

2017

59

8

67

Number of Probationer Gardaí allocated by Station

Station

2015

2016

2017

TOTAL

Kevin Street

5

8

14

27

Kilmainham

5

5

5

15

Ballyfermot

5

5

4

14

Crumlin

4

7

8

19