Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (282)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

282. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to the Garda protective services unit in the DMR east, DMR south and Tipperary divisions in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51682/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

It is important to be clear that under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner has responsibility for management of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation and efficient use of Garda resources. This includes responsibility for personnel matters and the distribution of personnel across the various Garda Divisions. 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 have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that to date, Divisional Protective Services Units have been established in 13 locations nationwide, namely Carlow, Cork City, DMR South Central, DMR West, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Waterford Garda Divisions as well as the newly established units in DMR East, DMR South and Tipperary which became operational in recent weeks.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following is a current breakdown of the DPSU personnel strength in the requested Divisions

DPSU Unit

DMR Eastern

DMR South

Tipperary

Inspector

1

1

D\Sergeant

2

3

1

D\Gardai

10

13

5

Total

13

17

6

I am further informed by the Garda authorities that the strength of the DPSU in Tipperary will be increased in the new year; and that the distribution of resources including personnel is kept under review.