Garda sources have spoken of their frustration that the numbers have fallen in the past year, due to promotions and unreplaced retirements, during a time when the city had some of the most gruesome cases in decades.
The high-profile murders of Cameron Blair and Frankie Dunne, who was decapitated and left in the garden of a vacant home, have occurred since Christmas.
In the case of Frankie Dunne, the killing of the homeless man left one of the most complex crime scenes ever found in the city, and investigators have travelled to Romania as part of the probe.
Gardaí are now hoping that the graduation of 200 new gardaí from the Garda Training College in Templemore in the next few weeks will result in an allocation of gardaí for the city division.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin acknowledged that there have a number of serious crime incidents in recent months in Cork.
However, he moved to allay concerns, saying that none of the violent deaths were connected.
He added: “We are optimistic that we will receive a number of probationer gardaí in February.”
He is hoping that the number of gardaí to be allocated will be revealed to Cork garda management in the coming days.