Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Ceisteanna (285)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

285. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to County Wicklow in each of the past ten years by district and by speciality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50195/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Garda Commissioner is statutorily responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and deployment of resources. As Minister, I have no responsibility for these matters. I am assured that Garda management keeps the 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 resources.

A record €1.76 billion was allocated to the Garda Vote for 2019 and this is increasing further to an unprecedented €1.882 billion for 2020. Significant capital investment is also being made, amounting to a total of €92 million this year and rising further to over €116 million in 2020.

This level of funding is enabling sustained, ongoing recruitment of Garda members and staff and as a result, An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation. We now have over 14,300 Gardaí nationwide, supported by over 2,900 Garda staff.

Specifically in relation to Wicklow, I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 31 October 2019, there were 310 Gardaí assigned to the Wicklow Division, supported by 32 Garda staff. I am informed that the total number of Garda staff in the Division has increased from 22 in 2015, which represents a 45% increase in Garda staff in the Wicklow Division. I am further informed that as of 22 October 2019, this increase in Garda staff has supported the redeployment of 11 Gardaí from administrative to operational policing duties in the Wicklow Division, where their training and expertise can be used to best effect. Taken together, the increase in Garda staff and redeployment of Gardaí from administrative duties means a significant increase in operational policing hours in Wicklow in recent years.

With regard to the breakdown of Gardaí by speciality in the years 2009-2019, I have been advised by the Garda authorities that compiling this information for the full 10 year period requested would represent an excessive use of Garda time and resources. Given this, I am not in a position to provide that specific information requested by the Deputy.

However, in relation to the overall information requested on the number of Gardaí assigned to County Wicklow from 2009 -2019 the Deputy may find it helpful to be aware that this information is available on my Department’s website. This information is updated every month with the latest data provided by An Garda Síochána. This information is available at the following link:

http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/002_Garda_Numbers_by_Division_District_and_Station_2009

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Information on Garda staff is available at the following link:

http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Garda_Staff

For more information on the Garda Workforce as well as general information on Garda facts and figures, the Deputy may also wish to see the information on the links below:

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

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