Garda numbers in Clonmel Barracks.
QUESTION NO: 126
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality [Mr. Shatter]
by Deputy Mattie McGrath
for WRITTEN on Thursday, 5th July, 2012.
* To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí that are based in Clonmel Garda Station, County Tipperary; the number of gardaí that have been based in Clonmel Garda Station every year for the past 10 years; the current ratio of gardaí per population of Clonmel; the way this compares with other jurisdictions; the further way the garda per population rate of Clonmel compares to the garda per population rate of Thurles, County Tipperary; if the level of crime has increased in Clonmel over the past ten years; the way this relates to the reduction in garda numbers in Clonmel; if the level of crime has increased in Thurles over the past 10 years; the further way this relates to the Garda numbers in Thurles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Mattie McGrath
The Deputy will be aware that the Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no function in the matter.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Clonmel Garda Station on 31 December 2002 to 2011 and on 31 May 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the table hereunder:
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
39 40 69 41 48 51 52 55 51 52 47
The personnel strength of Thurles Garda Station on 31 May 2012 was 75. Both Thurles Garda Station and Clonmel Garda Station form part of the Tipperary Garda Division. The personnel strength of Tipperary Garda Division on the same date was 375. There are also 31 Garda Reserves and 35 Civilians attached to the Tipperary Garda Division. These resources are augmented, when appropriate, by Gardaí from national units such as the Garda National Drug Unit and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The population of the Clonmel and Thurles areas are available from the Central Statistics Office website at www.cso.ie. The following table shows selected crime statistics for the Tipperary Garda Division which are drawn from information which is also available on the CSO web site.
Selected Crime Statistics for Tipperary Garda Division - Source CSO Annual Reports
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
Homicide offences 2 2 3 10 5 5 1 2 1
Sexual offences 40 109 61 37 40 48 93 57 15
Attempts/threats to murder, assaults,
harassments and related offences 450 473 486 539 613 571 487 510 124
Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 13 18 15 16 25 29 21 23 13
Burglary and related offences 598 741 715 584 599 677 603 742 197
Theft and related offences 1275 1185 1338 1416 1398 1389 1578 1376 368
Public order and other social code offences 1782 2021 2372 2529 1673 1624 1551 1367 287
*For 2012 statistics are only for the first quarter.
The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.
I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy.
The allocation of resources is constantly monitored by local Garda management in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level.Tipperary Garda Division will be subject to this same level of monitoring to ensure that optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.