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Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 No. 4

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 162. Mr. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  the degree to which adequate personnel are available to the Garda, particularly to facilitate extra foot patrols; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18755/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell The Garda authorities have advised me that the total personnel strength of the Garda Síochána, all ranks for the years ending 31 December 1997 to 31 December 2001 and the personnel strength at present is as set out as follows:

Year Strength
1997 10,968
1998 11,235
1999 11,458
2000 11,640
2001 11,815
14/10/2002 11,873

This represents an increase of 905 in that period or 8.25%. An additional 122 gardaí are due to be attested to the Garda Síochána on 28 November 2002. The allocation of gardaí to facilitate foot patrols is a matter for the Garda authorities having regard to overall operational requirements.

Question No. 163 answered with Question No. 44.


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