Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (831)

John Brady

Question:

831. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Reserve members in the Wicklow division by division, district and sub-district in each of the years 2009 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [33005/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Reserve strength in the Wicklow Division in each of the years from 2009 to 31 May 2019, as provided by the Garda Commissioner, is outlined in the following table. I am informed that as of 31 May 2019, there were 18 Garda Reserves assigned to the Wicklow Division.

Wicklow

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Bray

4

4

4

6

10

8

3

3

4

4

4

Greystones

0

0

2

3

4

4

3

3

3

3

3

Blessington

1

3

4

4

4

3

3

3

2

2

2

Wicklow

2

5

6

7

9

8

8

6

6

5

5

Arklow

1

1

6

8

11

5

4

4

4

3

3

Baltinglass

2

1

0

1

3

3

3

2

1

1

1

Total

10

14

22

29

41

31

24

21

20

18

18

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that a class of approximately 100 Garda Reserve recruits commenced training on 23/24 March 2019 at the Garda College, Templemore. This is a positive development and delivers on the target set out under 'A Policing Service for the Future', the implementation plan for the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

An Garda Síochána is currently conducting a strategic review of the Garda Reserve  to inform future decisions around the use of the Reserve. This approach is also in line with the recommendation in the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. The Strategy is expected to be concluded shortly and will inform the development of a Reserve recruitment drive by the end of 2019.

Question No. 832 answered with Question No. 709.