Dáil Éireann - Volume 620 - 30 May, 2006

Written Answers. - Garda Equipment.

Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 385 of 16 May 2006, the timeframe for reply to this question (details supplied). [20911/06]

  Mr. McDowell: As the Deputy will be aware, the information required to enable me to respond [1410] to Question No. 385 of 16 May, 2006 was not available at the time. I am informed that, at present in the Sligo/Leitrim Division, every Garda Station has a computer. 21 Garda Stations do not use a fax machine.

Garda management state that there are a total of 42 vehicles, which include cars, vans, 4x4’s and motor cycles, attached to the Garda stations in the Sligo/Leitrim Division. There are 14 Garda Stations within the Sligo/Leitrim Division that do not have a “resident” squad car attached to them. There are smaller Stations which are covered by the local area headquarters for patrol car purposes.

For policing purposes the country is divided into six Regions, each of which is commanded by a Regional Assistant Commissioner. Regional Assistant Commissioners are responsible for ensuring the operational efficiency of their respective Region and, in particular, the quality of operational management exercised by their respective Divisional and District Officers. Each Region is divided into Divisions commanded by a Chief Superintendent, and each Division is then divided into Districts commanded by a Superintendent, assisted by a number of Inspectors. Garda Divisions do not necessarily correspond to county boundaries.