There has been unprecedented investment in An Garda Síochána in recent years, in support of the Government’s commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement and provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime. Some €1.65 billion has been allocated to the Garda Vote for 2018, which represents an increase of approximately 2% over the allocation for 2017.
The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the effective and efficient use of these resources made available to An Garda Síochána; and for the allocation and management of Garda resources, having due regard to his operational needs. As Minister, I have no role in that matter.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the expenditure for the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau during the period requested was as follows:
2018* (January-June): €7,391,093
I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is not possible to provide costings for local drug units by area.