Thursday, 26 November 2020

Questions (337)

Denise Mitchell

Question:

337. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí by rank attached to the regional support unit in Dublin metropolitan region, DMR, north in each of the years 2009 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [39512/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible by law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and deployment of resources. As Minister, I have no responsibility for these matters. I am assured, 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.

For operational and security reasons, An Garda Síochána cannot release the figures for the Regional Support Unit.

An Garda Síochána has been allocated an unprecedented budget of €1.952 billion for 2021. This level of funding is enabling sustained, ongoing recruitment of Garda members and staff. As a result, Garda numbers are now approximately 14,600 Garda members and over 3,000 Garda staff nationwide. Budget 2021 will allow for the recruitment of up to 620 new Gardaí and an extra 500 Garda staff.