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435. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí stationed in the Dublin 7 and 15 areas; the number that are community gardaí; the number of unfilled roles in the areas as of the end of 2016, 2017 and 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54548/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
Dublin 7 and Dublin 15 are in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) West Division. The Garda strength of the DMR West from 2009 to 30 November 2018 as provided by the Garda Commissioner is available on my Department’s website through the links below.
Garda Number by Division, District and Station
Community policing is at the heart of An Garda Síochána as it recognises that every community, either urban or rural, has its own concerns and expectations. The role of a community Garda is not a specialist role in An Garda Síochána; rather it is the case that all Gardaí have a role to play in community policing in carrying out their duties. The official categorisation of Community Garda simply refers to those who are exclusively assigned to building relationships with local communities and civil society including giving talks to schools, community groups and others. It is a matter for the Divisional Chief Superintendent to determine the optimum distribution of duties among the personnel available to him or her having regard to the profile of the area and its specific needs.
The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the Community Garda Strength in Cabra, Mountjoy, Bridewell and Blanchardstown Garda stations in each of the years from 2016 to 30 November 2018, the latest date for which figures are currently available, as supplied by the Garda Commissioner are as set out in the attached table.
For more general information on Garda Facts and Figures please see the following link:
http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_Garda_Siochana_facts_and_figures.
Garda Strength Presented - Community Gardaí - Total

Station Cabra Cabra  Mountjoy  Mountjoy  Bridewell  Bridewell  Blanchardstown Blanchardstown
Year Community Gardaí Total Community Gardaí Total Community Gardaí Total Community Gardaí Total
2016 6 61 42 191 21 158 11 143
2017 7 59 34 191 13 162 15 163
2018* 7 61 30 211 11 174 14 181
*As of 30 November 2018
Total: means all those Gardaí at a station all of whom have community policing as an inherent part of their role.
Community Gardaí: are those with the official categorisation and are exclusively assigned to building relationships with local communities including giving talks to schools, community groups and others.