Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (279)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

279. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí of each rank including community gardaí attached to stations (details supplied). [16725/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

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

Community policing is at the heart of An Garda Síochána as it recognises that every community, either urban or rural, has its own concerns and expectations. The role of a community Garda is not a specialist role in An Garda Síochána; rather it is the case that all Gardaí have a role to play in community policing in carrying out their duties. The official categorisation of Community Garda simply refers to those who are exclusively assigned to building relationships with local communities and civil society including giving talks to schools, community groups and others. 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. 

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the Community Garda Strength in the Cork City Division  as of the 28 February 2019 the latest date for which figures are currently available, as supplied by  the Garda Commissioner are as set out in the attached table.

The Garda strength by rank of the Cork City Division from 2009 to 28 February 2019 as provided by the Garda Commissioner is available on my Department’s website through the following link.

For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the following link:

http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures 

CORK CITY STRENGTH PRESENTED 28 FEBRUARY 2019

Station

TOTAL

Of whom are Community Gardaí

BLACKROCK

20

1

BISHOPSTOWN

21

1

CARRIGALINE

20

1

CROSSHAVEN

1

0

DOUGLAS

22

2

PASSAGE WEST

3

0

TOGHER

60

1