Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Questions (304)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

304. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of personnel in each Garda district by category as of 30 April 2015, 2016 and 2017, in tabular form. [23750/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

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.

In order to deliver an effective policing service, it is essential that Garda management have the flexibility to deploy Garda resources to meet operational policing needs and address critical issues as they arise. For this reason, it is a matter for the Divisional Chief Superintendent to determine the optimum distribution of duties among the personnel available to him or her having regard to the profile of the area and its specific needs at any given time.

I am informed by the Commissioner that on the 30 April 2018, the latest date for which figures are readily available, the strength of An Garda Síochána was 13,632. There are also 562 Garda Reserves and more than 2,280 civilians attached to An Garda Síochána.

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.

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.

Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, just under 1,800 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. 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 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; some 400 of whom have already done so. In total, 800 Garda trainees are scheduled to attest during the year, some 200 of whom attested in March. Further, Garda numbers, taking account of projected retirements, are on track to reach 14,000 by the end of this year.

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.

I am informed that the detail of the number of Gardaí and resources allocated to the Armed Support Units is deemed to be operationally sensitive and cannot be disclosed for security reasons.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the attached tables the strength of each Station, District and Division for the years 2015-2017 and as of 30 April 2018. I am advised by the Commissioner that the information sought by the Deputy as it relates to specific units is not readily available by District. In order to be of assistance, I have provided information by Division for the years 2015-2017 and as of 30 April 2018. I have requested the information sought on the number of Gardaí assigned to the Garda Mountain Bike and Mounted Units from the Commissioner and I will revert to the Deputy once this information is to hand.

Garda Reserve 2015 – 2018

DIVISION

2015

2016

2017

2018*

Waterford

32

24

19

19

Wexford

37

22

18

17

Kilkenny/Carlow

34

26

26

26

Tipperary

28

23

17

16

Cork North

24

16

13

12

Cork City

65

48

42

42

Cork West

23

12

10

8

Kerry

31

21

20

20

Limerick

53

36

29

27

Donegal

27

21

16

14

Cavan/Monaghan

19

14

11

11

Sligo/Leitrim

27

21

17

17

Louth

41

33

25

24

Clare

8

7

6

6

Mayo

32

23

20

19

Galway

43

36

31

31

Roscommon/Longford

11

11

9

7

Westmeath

20

13

13

12

Meath

33

18

16

16

Kildare

30

22

20

19

Laois/Offaly

24

19

17

16

Wicklow

24

21

20

20

DMR East

19

15

10

8

DMR North

57

49

45

42

DMR North Central

59

42

36

35

DMR South

35

26

20

17

DMR South Central

66

48

37

35

DMR West

51

28

26

26

TOTAL

953

695

589

562

*As of 30 April 2018

Detective Strength 2015 - 2018

DIVISION

2015

2016

2017

2018*

D.M.R. EAST

24

22

21

20

D.M.R. NORTH

44

36

35

36

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL

41

34

30

34

D.M.R. SOUTH

49

40

31

30

D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL

40

37

32

31

D.M.R. WEST

51

42

62

59

KILDARE

22

23

27

26

LAOIS / OFFALY

28

25

26

26

MEATH

18

16

16

16

WESTMEATH

15

19

20

21

WICKLOW

16

15

31

30

CAVAN / MONAGHAN

29

28

27

30

DONEGAL

36

32

31

32

LOUTH

29

25

30

29

SLIGO / LEITRIM

22

20

26

25

KILKENNY/CARLOW

19

20

20

19

TIPPERARY

22

19

23

23

WATERFORD

28

28

26

27

WEXFORD

22

21

20

20

CORK CITY

90

81

123

122

CORK NORTH

19

14

28

27

CORK WEST

19

17

26

28

KERRY

30

27

27

32

LIMERICK

61

53

62

61

CLARE

40

33

35

34

GALWAY

48

43

54

53

MAYO

19

17

20

20

ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD

18

14

18

18

TOTAL

899

801

927

929

*As of 30 April 2018

Traffic Corp 2015 - 2018

DIVISION

2015

2016

2017

2018*

D.M.R. EAST

14

9

9

12

D.M.R. NORTH

17

13

14

14

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL

18

17

18

18

D.M.R. SOUTH

12

12

10

10

D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL

16

11

7

6

D.M.R. WEST

16

13

12

18

D.M.R. TRAFFIC

118

107

101

106

KILDARE

34

25

24

27

LAOIS / OFFALY

25

22

19

22

LOUTH / MEATH

0

0

0

0

MEATH

16

17

14

16

WESTMEATH

20

28

18

18

WICKLOW

21

17

16

19

CAVAN / MONAGHAN

25

25

18

23

DONEGAL

27

20

20

21

LOUTH

16

14

14

18

SLIGO / LEITRIM

24

23

23

22

KILKENNY/CARLOW

28

26

26

22

TIPPERARY

21

21

21

26

WATERFORD

14

14

13

13

WEXFORD

14

15

13

15

CORK CITY

36

39

37

38

CORK NORTH

33

33

33

33

CORK WEST

18

22

21

22

KERRY

18

17

18

24

LIMERICK

26

23

24

24

CLARE

18

17

15

19

GALWAY

41

39

37

37

MAYO

11

11

11

16

ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD

19

19

17

20

TOTAL

716

669

623

679

* As of 30 April 2018

Divisional Drug Unit Personnel 2015 - 2018

Division

2015

2016

2017

2018*

D.M.R.S.C.

19

13

9

9

D.M.R.N.C

20

30

14

14

D.M.R.N.

25

21

19

19

D.M.R.E.

10

9

11

11

D.M.R.S.

16

17

14

16

D.M.R.W.

26

20

17

17

Waterford

5

5

6

6

Wexford

6

6

5

5

Kilkenny/Carlow

7

4

5

5

Tipperary

8

9

12

11

Cork City

15

20

17

15

Cork North

5

5

5

5

Cork West

4

3

5

6

Kerry

9

7

9

10

Limerick

14

12

11

8

Donegal

7

4

4

4

Cavan/Monaghan

0

0

5

6

Sligo/Leitrim

7

7

14

4

Louth

6

6

5

4

Clare

5

5

5

4

Mayo

5

5

6

6

Galway

12

9

9

9

Roscommon/Longford

6

6

4

3

Westmeath

5

6

6

6

Meath

5

8

5

5

Kildare

7

8

9

11

Laois/Offaly

0

0

5

5

Wicklow

4

11

0

0

Total

258

256

236

224

*As of 30 April 2018

Community Gardaí 2015 - 2018

DIVISION

2015

2016

2017

2018*

D.M.R. EAST

30

32

34

32

D.M.R. NORTH

58

53

47

51

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL

121

110

90

96

D.M.R. SOUTH

53

39

40

48

D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL

38

34

30

31

D.M.R. WEST

63

53

64

68

KILDARE

0

0

4

4

LAOIS / OFFALY

4

2

2

2

MEATH

8

9

7

8

WESTMEATH

9

10

8

11

WICKLOW

18

14

14

13

CAVAN / MONAGHAN

5

4

2

2

DONEGAL

24

2

2

2

LOUTH

16

15

12

11

SLIGO / LEITRIM

9

8

6

6

KILKENNY/CARLOW

90

88

85

106

TIPPERARY

77

71

68

73

WATERFORD

44

44

35

35

WEXFORD

8

8

7

6

CORK CITY

24

26

27

28

CORK NORTH

6

8

6

5

CORK WEST

4

6

4

4

KERRY

7

7

9

9

LIMERICK

58

42

38

36

CLARE

6

7

8

8

GALWAY

14

14

14

14

MAYO

3

3

3

3

ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD

9

10

10

10

TOTAL

806

719

676

722

*As of 30 April 2018

GARDA STATISTICS BY DIVISION AND DISTRICT

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.