The Garda Commissioner has responsibility for managing An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for personnel matters. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the number of Gardaí on operational duty at any given time can vary, for operational reasons. The Deputy may however wish to be aware that as at 31 August 2019 there were 393 Gardaí assigned to the Kildare Division.