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92. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank attached to each community policing unit in the Coolock Garda District as of 20 May 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22959/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Budget for An Garda Síochána is in excess of €1.7 billion this year. As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is statutorily responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, and I, as Minister, do not have responsibility for this matter.
Garda management keeps the 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.
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 strength of the officially categorised Community Gardaí in each station in the DMR North Division on the 30 April 2019, the latest date for which figures are currently available, as supplied by the Garda Commissioner is as set out in the following table.
The Garda strength of the Coolock District for 30 April 2019, as provided by the Commissioner, is in the following file.
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
COMMUNITY GARDA 30/04/2019

DMR NORTH
INSPECTOR
SERGEANT
GARDA
TOTAL
Balbriggan
0
0
5
5
Ballymun
0
1
7
8
Clontarf
0
0
5
5
Coolock
0
1
3
4
Howth
0
0
1
1
Raheny
0
1
3
4
Santry
0
1
4
5
Skerries
0
0
1
1
Swords
0
1
8
9
Total
0
5
37
42

GARDA STATISTICS MONTH ENDING for D.M.R. NORTH on 30 April 2019
Division District Station GD SG IN SU CS AC Total
D.M.R. NORTH              BALBRIGGAN              BALBRIGGAN                71 9 3 1 84
GARRISTOWN                2 2
LUSK                      12 1 13
SKERRIES                  10 1 11
          TOTAL 95 11 3 1 110
BALLYMUN                BALLYMUN                  103 15 4 2 1 125
DUBLIN AIRPORT            20 5 25
SANTRY                    65 8 1 74
TOTAL 188 28 5 2 1 224
COOLOCK                 COOLOCK                   95 14 5 1 115
MALAHIDE                  24 3 27
SWORDS                    68 11 1 80
TOTAL 187 28 6 1 222
RAHENY                  CLONTARF                  57 8 65
HOWTH                     24 4 28
RAHENY                    65 8 4 1 78
TOTAL 146 20 4 1 171
D.M.R. NORTH              Total 616 87 18 5 1 727