183. Deputy John Lahart asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the numbers in the Garda Reserve from 2010 to 2015 in tabular form; the numbers of new recruits to the Garda Reserve in each of those years; the numbers that have left the reserve each year from 2010 to 2015; the gender breakdown of the Garda Reserve; and the numbers of reserve gardaí by Garda division, in tabular form. [12782/16]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will appreciate the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, including the Garda Reserve, among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of all resources.
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that numbers of Garda Reserve members on 31 December 2010 to 2015, by Division was as set out in the following table. With regard to the numbers of new recruits to the Garda Reserve in each of those years; the numbers that have left the Reserve each year from 2010 to 2015 and the gender breakdown of the Garda Reserve, I have requested this information from the Garda Commissioner and I will write directly to the Deputy on receipt.
The Garda Reserve makes a real and tangible contribution to the policing of communities right across the country. This is recognised in the Programme for Government "A Programme for a Partnership Government" which includes a commitment to double the Garda Reserve to act in a supportive role undertaking local patrols and crime reduction measures. The expansion of the Garda Reserve will complement the commitments in the Programme to continue the ongoing accelerated Garda recruitment programme with a view to increasing Garda numbers to 15,000 and also to increase further civilianisation to free up Gardaí to front-line policing duties. The delivery of these measures over the lifetime of the Government will ensure an enhanced visible policing presence in communities nationwide.
Garda Reserve by Division
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