700. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí trained in public order in each Garda division as of 1 March 2021, in tabular form; and when in-person Garda public order training will resume. [12704/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána. This function includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda members among the various Garda divisions, as well as the management of Garda training. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keep the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
The table below sets out the details of Public Order (PO) trained personnel as of 1 March 2021. I am informed by Garda authorities that for operational reasons it is not feasible to provide the data at Divisional level.
I am further informed that the resumption of PO training is dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. However, I am advised that the training for current PO personnel is certified until 31 December 2021.

Resource DMR NW Region East Region Sth Region College Total
PO Inspectors 9 2 3 5 0 19
PO Sergeants 37 9 24 12 0 82
PO Gardaí 237 57 153 90 0 538
PO Instructors 18 12 13 14 2 59
PO Trainers 4 0 0 2 3 9