THERE are currently vacancies for one inspector, two sergeants and 15 gardaí in Cork city’s detective branch.
The vacancies include Ballincollig, where there has been a vacancy for a detective sergeant for several months. In nearby Bishopstown, a vacancy has been come up in recent weeks, according to sources.
And a detective sergeant in the crime unit in the city is waiting to be appointed elsewhere shortly, resulting in another vacancy.
Several detective positions across the city division are currently waiting to be filled and have been for several months.
However, the positions cannot be filled because of a lack of new personnel being allocated to the Cork City division.
The issue was raised last May at Garda representative association conferences but has deteriorated since then, instead of improving, with the recent retirement of a detective sergeant.
The positions cannot be filled because of a lack of resources among uniformed gardaí.
Cork City is currently one of four divisions piloting the new policing model unveiled last week by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
As part of the policing model, all investigation of serious crime is being headed by the detective branch in Anglesea Street, during the 12-month pilot programme. As a result, Garda representatives in Cork are concerned about the vacancies in the detective branch.
There are also concerns about community policing, which were due to be given a boost earlier this year with an allocation of 10-gardaí from a recruit class which graduated from the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.
However, gangland crime in Drogheda, Co Louth, and Dublin resulted in those resources being redirected.
If they had been allocated to Cork, personnel in Cork would have been able to take up roles in community policing as planned.
Gardaí are now hoping for resources from future graduates from the Garda College.