Dáil Éireann - Volume 588 - 08 July, 2004
Written Answers. - Juvenile Liaison Officers.
Mr. Penrose Mr. Penrose
30. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of juvenile liaison officers in the gardaí at the latest date for which figures are available; if he has plans to extend the scheme in view of the proven success  of it in dealing with juvenile offenders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20716/04]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Mr. McDowell:I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 2 July 2004 there were 85 juvenile liaison gardaí and eight juvenile liaison officer sergeants working in the various divisions throughout the country. In addition to this the national juvenile office have a staff of one superintendent, two inspectors and two sergeants. I am further informed that an additional juvenile liaison officer has been authorised for the Limerick division.
The Children Act 2001 came into law in May 2002 and it was at this point that the Garda diversion programme began operating on a statutory basis. This Act introduced the concept of restorative justice and family conferencing into the criminal justice system and these provisions are currently being put into effect by the Garda Síochána.
The Garda diversion programme is delivered throughout the country by specially trained gardaí. Resource implications are constantly under review and applications for additional resources are made on a case by case basis when and where necessary.
Dáil Éireann 588 Written Answers. Juvenile Liaison Officers.