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182. Deputy John Lahart asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to provide a breakdown of rank numbers in the Garda Síochána for the years 2010 to 2015, in tabular form. [12781/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keeps this distribution under continuing review taking into account crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.
The following table sets out the number of members of An Garda Síochána by rank on the 31 December each year from 2010 to 2015.
An Garda Síochána by Rank 2010-2015

Rank 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Commissioner 1 1 1 1 1 1
Deputy Commissioner 1 2 2 1 *0 2
Assistant Commissioner 10 7 9 8 8 5
Chief Superintendent 45 37 41 44 39 42
Superintendent 170 149 153 147 140 160
Inspector 336 319 262 270 297 247
Sergeant 2,135 2,024 1,903 1,860 1,919 1,835
Garda 11,679 11,355 11,053 10,762 10,395 10,524
*Deputy Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was promoted to the position of Garda Commissioner in November 2014.