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435. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community Garda in each division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12829/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this 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 these resources.
Community policing is at the heart of An Garda Síochána as it recognises that every community, either urban or rural, has its own concerns and expectations. The role of a community Garda is not a specialist role in An Garda Síochána; rather it is the case that all Gardaí have a role to play in community policing in carrying out their duties. The official categorisation of Community Garda simply refers to those who are exclusively assigned to building relationships with local communities and civil society including giving talks to schools, community groups and others. It is a matter for the Divisional Chief Superintendent to determine the optimum distribution of duties among the personnel available to him or her having regard to the profile of the area and its specific needs.
The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the Community Garda Strength in each Garda Division, is as set out in the attached table.
Garda Strength Presented - Community Gardaí - Total

Division Community Gardaí Total
D.M.R. East 29 375
D.M.R. North 50 714
D.M.R. North Central 84 670
D.M.R. South 44 550
D.M.R. South Central 28 644
D.M.R. West 64 707
Kildare 4 385
Laois/Offaly 7 372
Meath 8 320
Westmeath 10 274
Wicklow 13 315
Cavan/Monaghan 0 356
Donegal 4 409
Louth 10 340
Sligo/Leitrim 7 301
Kilkenny/Carlow 112 341
Tipperary 79 388
Waterford 35 331
Wexford 11 322
Cork City 24 703
Cork North 7 337
Cork West 4 304
Kerry 9 340
Limerick 32 590
Clare 8 318
Galway 12 606
Mayo 1 341
Roscommon/Longford 11 317

*As of 31 January 2019
Total: means all those Gardaí at a station all of whom have community policing as an inherent part of their role.
Community Gardaí: are those with the official categorisation and are exclusively assigned to building relationships with local communities including giving talks to schools, community groups and others.
For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the following link:
http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures.