318. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on Garda community policing (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3897/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, including community Gardaí, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.
The Deputy will be aware that all Gardaí have responsibility, inter alia, to deal with community policing issues as and when they arise. Community policing is the underpinning philosophy and ethos through which An Garda Síochána delivers a service across the country. In that context, I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that Howth Garda Station covers the area referred to by the Deputy. The personnel strength of Howth Garda Station on 30 November 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 33. Howth Garda Station forms part of the Raheny Garda District. The personnel strength of which on the same date is as set out in the table below:

District Gardaí Community Reserve Civilians
Raheny (J) 163 11 14 8