Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (954)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

954. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community gardaí at present; the cost of each additional community garda by rank; the number of community gardaí at present by the six Garda geographical regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34482/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure optimum use is made of the resources.

The following table shows the estimated incremental salary costs for each additional Community Garda member by rank.

Salary costs are calculated using the midpoint of the current Garda Salary scale and include fixed allowances which the member is entitled to. An estimate of Employer’s PRSI is also included in the costs given. Allowances for unsocial hours and any potential overtime payments in excess of standard briefing time are not included.

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Cost

Dedicated Community Garda

€ 56,760

Dedicated Community Sergeant

€ 67,147

Dedicated Community Inspector

€ 74,677

The allocation of Community Gardaí by Division from 2009 to present is outlined in the below link.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Community_Policing.

For information on the Garda Workforce please see the link below.

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Workforce.

For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the link below

www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures.