Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 20 - An Garda Síochána

9:30 am

Mr. Drew Harris:

The 14,000, in effect, has been the number I have had throughout my tenure for more than five years. That has been the portion I had to deploy. The country has grown, and the demands upon us have grown in terms of complexity, and I have had to deploy the resources accordingly. We could do with, at least, another 1,000. We could then push that towards those areas of high demand. We know from gardaí precisely where the demand is and we wish to service that.