155. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí currently employed by the State by county in tabular form. [59301/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, under Section 33 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), for the deployment of An Garda Síochána throughout the State.
I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of policing priorities and crime trends, to ensure their optimum use. I understand that 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 each area within the Division and its specific needs.
I further understand that the situation remains closely monitored by the Garda Senior Leadership Team, particularly in view of commitments to the continued roll-out of the Operating Model of policing at Divisional level to ensure optimum use of all Garda Resources in providing the best possible Garda service to the community.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the table below shows the number of Gardaí broken down by county as at 31 October 2021, the most recent date for which the information is available.
|Breakdown by county 31.10.2021||Total|
|HQ & College||1801|