It cost €52m to police Cork city last year

It cost €52m to police Cork city last year

THE cost of policing Cork city last year was more than €52 million.

An additional €25 million was required to police Cork North Division while policing the Cork West division was a further €22 million.

The costs were made available to the Evening Echo through the Freedom of Information Act.

The costs include salaries, wages and allowances, as well as travel and subsistence, training, developmental and incidental expenses, and postal and telecommunications services. 

Also included were office equipment and external IT services, maintenance of garda stations, station services, garda reserve force, transport, communication, witness expenses and compensation.

Anglesea Street Garda Station. The cost of policing the Cork City was almost €52m. Picture Dan Linehan
Anglesea Street Garda Station. The cost of policing the Cork City was almost €52m. Picture Dan Linehan

Funds for policing come from the Garda budget allocated every year as part of the national budget.

The figures showed that policing the city centre accrued almost half the budget for Cork city, accounting for €20.9 million. Mayfield was the next highest, costing €9 million, while expenditure for the Togher district was €8.7 million.

The Midleton district had the highest spend in the Cork North division, at just over €9 million. In the Cork West division, the Bandon district had a spend of €7.3 million.

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