Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (132)

Alan Farrell

Ceist:

132. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda personnel; the stations to which new recruits have been posted since 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20661/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.

I am informed by the Commissioner that in regard to the deployment of Garda personnel, a distribution model is used which takes into account all relevant factors including population, crime trends and the policing needs of each individual Garda Division. Where a deficiency in resources is identified the matter is considered fully and addressed accordingly.

I am further informed by the Commissioner that on the 31 March 2018, the latest date for which figures are readily available, the strength of An Garda Síochána was 13,667. There are also 567 Garda Reserves and more than 2,270 civilians attached to An Garda Síochána.

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. We are making real, tangible progress on achieving this goal.

Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, just under 1,800 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,551 at the end of 2017 – a net increase of over 600 since the end of 2016.

I am pleased that funding is in place to maintain this high level of investment in the Garda workforce to ensure that the vision of an overall workforce of 21,000 by 2021 remains on track. This year a further 800 new Garda Recruits will enter the Garda College, some 400 of whom have already done so. In total, 800 Garda trainees are scheduled to attest during the year which will see Garda numbers, taking account of projected retirements, reach 14,000 by the end of this year.

In addition, a further 500 civilians will also be recruited to fill critical skills gaps across the organisation and to facilitate the redeployment of Gardaí from administrative and technical duties to front-line operational duties. There are plans to strengthen the Garda Reserve with new Reserves expected to commence training in 2018.

In so far as the allocation of newly attested Gardaí is concerned, this is a matter for the Commissioner.  I am assured by the Commissioner that the needs of all Garda Divisions are fully considered when determining the allocation of resources. However, it is important to keep in mind that newly attested Gardaí have a further 16 months of practical and class-room based training to complete in order to receive their BA in Applied Policing.  To ensure that they are properly supported and supervised and have opportunities to gain the breadth of policing experience required, the Commissioner's policy is to allocate them to specially designated training stations which have the required training and development structures and resources in place, including trained Garda tutors and access to a permanently appointed supervisory Sergeant who is thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities under the training programme.

This focus on investment in personnel is critical. The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuilding the organisation and providing the Commissioner with the resources needed to deploy increasing numbers of Gardaí across every Division.

For the Deputy's information I have set out in the following table the Garda stations to which new recruits have been allocated to from 2016 to date in 2018 as advised by the Commissioner. 

Probationer Garda Allocations by Division and Station 2016 - 2018

DIVISION

STATION 

2016

2017

2018

D.M.R. EAST  

DUN LAOGHAIRE

10

18

2

BLACKROCK

9

6

DUNDRUM

13

3

D.M.R. NORTH  

BALLYMUN

20

4

SANTRY

9

BALBRIGGAN

5

18

4

COOLOCK

5

13

3

SWORDS

10

5

2

RAHENY

10

2

CLONTARF

5

4

2

D.M.R. NORTH CENTRAL  

STORE STREET

21

26

14

BRIDEWELL

10

20

6

MOUNTJOY

13

23

15

D.M.R. SOUTH  

CRUMLIN

7

8

4

SUNDRIVE ROAD

2

9

TALLAGHT

10

21

10

RATHFARNHAM

5

RATHMINES

14

9

4

TERENURE

14

D.M.R. SOUTH CENTRAL  

PEARSE STREET

24

44

10

KEVIN STREET

8

14

5

KILMAINHAM

5

5

IRISHTOWN

5

5

2

DONNYBROOK

10

2

D.M.R. WEST  

BLANCHARDSTOWN

13

29

4

FINGLAS

9

17

CLONDALKIN

5

9

4

BALLYFERMOT

5

4

3

LUCAN

4

3

RONANSTOWN

3

10

4

KILDARE  

NAAS

5

24

2

KILDARE

9

5

NEWBRIDGE

8

LEIXLIP

5

10

3

LAOIS / OFFALY  

PORTLAOISE

15

32

5

TULLAMORE

5

10

MEATH  

NAVAN

10

15

2

ASHBOURNE

9

15

3

WESTMEATH  

ATHLONE

5

7

MULLINGAR

15

WICKLOW  

BRAY

14

5

WICKLOW

5

CAVAN / MONAGHAN  

MONAGHAN

1

7

5

CAVAN

7

10

3

CARRICKMACROSS

5

5

DONEGAL  

LETTERKENNY

5

13

4

LOUTH  

DROGHEDA

4

16

4

DUNDALK

13

18

4

SLIGO / LEITRIM  

SLIGO

5

8

KILKENNY/CARLOW  

KILKENNY

5

19

4

CARLOW

5

11

TIPPERARY  

THURLES

5

5

CLONMEL

4

11

NENAGH

5

5

4

WATERFORD  

WATERFORD

10

24

7

DUNGARVAN

3

TRAMORE

3

WEXFORD  

WEXFORD

5

15

2

ENNISCORTHY

5

11

2

NEW ROSS

8

2

CORK CITY  

ANGLESEA STREET

5

7

GURRANABRAHER

4

5

MAYFIELD

5

TOGHER

10

5

CORK NORTH  

MALLOW

5

5

MIDLETON

5

FERMOY

5

CORK WEST  

BANDON

10

CLONAKILTY

5

KERRY  

TRALEE

10

2

KILLARNEY

7

1

LIMERICK  

HENRY STREET

12

14

5

ROXBORO ROAD

5

4

4

CLARE

ENNIS

5

10

2

KILRUSH

2

GALWAY  

GALWAY

5

7

2

SALTHILL

3

MAYO  

CASTLEBAR

10

BALLINA

4

ROSCOMMON / LONGFORD  

LONGFORD

5

ROSCOMMON

5

CASTLEREA

5

391

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