The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.88 billion for 2020 and of €1.952 billion in Budget 2021. This level of investment is enabling sustained, ongoing recruitment of Garda members and staff. There are now approximately 14,600 Gardaí nationwide, supported by over 3,000 Garda staff. Taken together, this number of Garda members and staff is delivering a significant growth in operational policing hours nationwide. It is projected that in 2021 there will be a further 450 new recruits to the Garda College. This will be dependent on restrictions in place and adhering to guidance as issued.
The Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and deployment of resources. As Minister, I have no role in 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 .
The information provided in the attached spreadsheet sets out the number of Gardaí in the Henry Street and Roxboro Road district of Limerick in each of the years 2009 to 2020 and to date in 2021 by division, district, station and rank. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the figures for 2006 to 2008 are only available by division, district, and station. These figures are also shown in the spreadsheet attached.
The Deputy may wish to know that the Garda numbers by rank in all Garda stations is available on my Department’s website in tabular form. This information is updated every month with the latest data provided by An Garda Síochána, at the following link: