Written answers

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Garda Strength

5:00 pm

Tony Dempsey (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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Question 112: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Wexford; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007; and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13659/07]

Photo of Tom McEllistrimTom McEllistrim (Kerry North, Fianna Fail)
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Question 121: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Kerry by division and location; the increase in Garda numbers in each division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13731/07]

Photo of Pat CareyPat Carey (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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Question 132: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in each of the Dublin Metropolitan districts; the numbers of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13838/07]

Photo of Séamus KirkSéamus Kirk (Louth, Fianna Fail)
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Question 134: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in Counties Cavan and Monaghan; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13840/07]

Ollie Wilkinson (Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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Question 136: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Waterford; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13842/07]

Photo of Peter PowerPeter Power (Limerick East, Fianna Fail)
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Question 137: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Limerick; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13843/07]

Photo of Johnny BradyJohnny Brady (Meath, Fianna Fail)
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Question 138: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Meath; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13844/07]

Photo of Máire HoctorMáire Hoctor (Tipperary North, Fianna Fail)
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Question 139: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Tipperary; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13845/07]

Photo of John CartyJohn Carty (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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Question 140: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Mayo; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13846/07]

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 143: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Kilkenny; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13849/07]

Photo of Séamus KirkSéamus Kirk (Louth, Fianna Fail)
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Question 144: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the strength of the Garda force employed in County Louth; the number of community Garda by location; the increase in Garda numbers in this division between 1997, 2002 and to date in 2007 and the Garda stations in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13850/07]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Tánaiste; Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 112, 121, 132, 134, 136 to 140, inclusive, 143 and 144 together.

The allocation and deployment of Garda officers are the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner.

The following table shows the numbers of Gardaí attached to the relevant stations in question on 31 December 1997, 31 December 2002 and on the latest date for which figures are available in 2007. The number of community Gardaí, where appropriate, in each District/Division on the latest date for which figures are available in 2007 is also shown. I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is the responsibility of the Divisional Officer to allocate personnel within his/her Division. Garda Personnel assigned throughout the country, together with overall policing arrangements and operational strategy, are continually monitored and reviewed. Such monitoring ensures that optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the general public.

Community Policing is a central feature of current policing policy and members of Community policing units are encouraged to engage with the local communities where they are assigned. Current policing policy is predicated on the prevention of public order offences; the prevention of crime including crimes of violence against persons and property and the maintenance of an environment conducive to the improvement of quality of life of the residents. This strategy is, and will continue to be, central to the delivery of a quality policing service. All Gardaí have a responsibility, inter alia, to be involved in Community Policing issues as they arise.

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