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119. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Justice and Equality for a breakdown of the number of community Gardaí in the Kerry division; and where they have been stationed for the years 2010 to October 2015. [34879/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, including Community Gardaí, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of resources.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of Community Garda in the Kerry Division, from 31 December 2010 - 31 August 2015, the latest date for which figures are readily available, are as set out in the table attached.
It is, of course, the case that all Gardaí have a role to play in addressing community policing issues as and when the need arises. In that sense, community policing involves far more than a single unit within the Garda Síochána, a point highlighted by the Garda Inspectorate in their third report entitled "Policing in Ireland—Looking Forward" in which they stated that community policing is a fundamental policing philosophy and that there is a strong foundation for it in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána now operates a new model of Community Policing which aims to build upon and enhance progress made so far. I fully support this renewed emphasis on Community Policing particularly in light of the priority given to this in the Programme for Government. The model is about renewing, reinvigorating and restructuring the community policing function within An Garda Síochána to deliver a consistent national structure to the community policing function, a more co-ordinated and efficient Garda service to the community and a spread of good practice and quality of service in community policing on a national basis.
Community Garda Kerry Division

Year Tralee Garda Station Killarney
Garda Station
2010 5 4
2011 6 3
2012 7 3
2013 7 2
2014 6 2
*2015 6 -
* 31 August 2015