660. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí assigned to the local drugs units in the DMR west region as of 1 April 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24569/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing, administering and carrying on the business of An Garda Síochána. This includes the recruitment and training of Garda members and staff as well as the manner in which Gardaí are distributed and stationed throughout the State. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that, as of 31 March 2021, the Dublin Metropolitan Region West (DMR West) has a total strength of 769 members of all ranks. There are currently 23 members assigned to the DMR West Drugs Units, 4 Sergeants and 19 Gardaí.