Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (698)

Imelda Munster

Question:

698. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of civilian staff attached to the Louth division in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by division, district and subdistrict in tabular form. [32314/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda staff strength attached to the Louth Garda Division and station from 2009 to 31 May 2019, as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is outlined in the table below.

Louth

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Drogheda

13

13

12

12

12

12

11

11

13

14

14

Ardee

2

2

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

4

5

Dundalk

7

7

8

8

8

8

8

8

9

13

12

Drumad

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Dunleer

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

Castlebellingham

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Total

23

23

24

23

23

23

23

23

26

33

34

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner as of 31 May 2019, there were 34 Garda Staff assigned to the Louth Division undertaking a range of technical and administrative duties.

More generally, the Deputy will be aware, the Government's vision is for a Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 to include 15,000 Garda members and 4,000 Garda Staff. The projected 4,000 Garda Staff represents a medium-term target of 20% of the Garda full-time workforce comprised of civilians.

The continued growth of civilianisation within An Garda Síochána is supported by the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. This Report states that civilianisation should be seen as part of the strategic vision for the organisation, building a stronger skill mix and delivering a better service to the public.