Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

143 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the extra number of Garda and other resources which have been made available to combat street violence in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17304/03]

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that 114 probationer gardaí are due to be attested to the force today which will leave the strength of the force at 11,853. This represents an increase of 105 in the personnel strength, all ranks, of the Garda Síochána as at 6 June, 2002. I strongly support specialised and focused Garda operations, such as Operation Encounter, to counter late night disorder and I remain determined that the resources of the Garda Síochána and the criminal justice system in general are used effectively to combat street crime.