Dáil Éireann - Volume 632 - 22 February, 2007
Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
Mr. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Gardaí on duty on a daily and nightly basis in each Garda division and district throughout Dublin City and County and in the immediate adjoining counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7069/07]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Mr. McDowell: I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength (all ranks) of An Garda Síochána increased to a record 13,000 following the attestation of 299 new members on Thursday, 16 November, 2006. This compares with a total strength of 10,702 (all ranks) as at 30 June, 1997 and represents an increase of 2,298 (or 21.5%) in the personnel strength of the Force during that  period. The combined strength (all ranks), of both attested Gardaí and recruits in training as at the 31 December 2006 was 14,068. Furthermore, I should say that in December, 2006 as part of a package of anti-crime measures, the Government approved the continuation of the existing Garda recruitment programme to achieve a total Garda strength of 15,000. The accelerated intake of 275 new recruits per quarter into the Garda College will continue until this target is met. The Garda Budget now stands at €1.4 billion, an 11% increase on 2006 and a 96% increase since 1997 in real terms.
Garda management state that for security and operational reasons it is not Garda policy to disclose the number of Gardaí on duty in any given area over any specific period of time.
I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength of each Garda District in DMR South Central, DMR North Central, DMR South, DMR North, DMR West, DMR East, Louth/Meath, Carlow/Kildare and Wicklow/ Wexford on 31 December, 1997 and 31 January, 2007 was as set out in the following tables:
The Deputy should appreciate that, as with any large organisation, on any given day, personnel strengths of individual stations may fluctuate due, for example, to promotions, retirements and transfers.
I am also informed that the resources of these Divisions are further augmented by a number of Garda National Units such as the Garda National  Drugs Unit, the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and other specialised units, all of which have had increased resources.
I should add that it is the responsibility of Garda management to allocate personnel to and within Divisions on a priority basis in accordance with the requirements of different areas. These personnel allocations are determined by a number of factors including demographics, crime trends and other operational policing needs. Garda management state that such allocations are continually monitored and reviewed along with overall policing arrangements and operational strategy. This ensures that optimum use is made of Garda resources, and that the best possible service is provided to the public.
Dáil Éireann 632 Written Answers. Garda Deployment.