718. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Justice the number of gardaí by rank attached to the Tipperary protective service unit. [9781/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner has responsibility, by law, for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation and efficient use of Garda resources. This includes responsibility for the distribution of personnel across the various Garda Divisions.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that Divisional Protective Services Units have been rolled out nationwide. Rollout of these Units meets a key commitment in A Policing Service for our Future, the four-year implementation plan giving effect to the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.
I have been further informed that as of 18 February 2021, there were 10 Garda members assigned to the Divisional Protective Services Unit in Tipperary. This includes 1 Detective Sergeant, 6 Detective Gardaí and 3 Gardaí trained as child specialist interviewers.
I am further advised that 2 new additional Detective Gardaí will be appointed to the Unit in March 2021.