One garda for every 405 people living in Cork

One garda for every 405 people living in Cork

There were a total of 1,339 Gardaí stationed across Cork city and county at the end of October. Picture Dan Linehan

There were a total of 1,339 Gardaí stationed across Cork city and county at the end of October, according to figures from the Justice Minister.

Based on 2016 census figures, where population stood at 542,868, that would mean there was one Garda for every 405 members of the public.

The figures were provided to Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly, however, there were no separate figures given for each of the Garda divisions in Cork.

Minister Charlie Flanagan says that An Garda Síochána has pointed out that ratios such as the number of Gardai per head of population are not an appropriate tool to use when considering the allocation of Garda resources as they fail to take account of, among other things, the fact that crime levels and types can vary significantly among communities of similar population size.

138 probationer Gardaí were allocated across the Cork city, Cork north and Cork west divisions since 2015. There has been an increase of 114 Gardaí across the divisions since 2015.

Another 24 have now been allocated across Cork city specifically for the Christmas period up to January 2, with a further eight set to be retained in the city division after the Christmas period.

“Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use,” Minister Flanagan said.

“€1.76 billion was allocated to the Garda Vote for 2019 and this is increasing further to an unprecedented €1.882 billion for 2020. Significant capital investment is also being made, amounting to a total of €92 million this year and rising further to over €116 million in 2020,” he added.

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