1473. Deputy Paul Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice the Garda divisions currently without a crime prevention officer. [20095/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Garda Commissioner is responsible for management of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation and efficient use of Garda resources, including deployment of personnel. As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter. I am assured however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
I am advised that under the current Divisional structure of 28 Divisions, 4 Divisions currently have vacancies for Crime Prevention Officers. Those Divisions are Kildare, Roscommon/Longford, West Cork and Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) North Division. However, I also understand from the Garda authorities that it is envisaged to fill the current vacancies in the near future.
I am also assured that the Garda National Community Engagement Bureau continue to maintain oversight and support of all Garda Divisions in respect of crime prevention matters, including those with current vacancies.