Cork Garda Division has the highest number of civilian staff in the country

Cork Garda Division has the highest number of civilian staff in the country
The Cork City Garda Division headquarters on Anglesea Street. Picture Dan Linehan

THE Cork City Garda Division has the highest number of civilian staff in the country working in its stations.

With its headquarters in Anglesea Street, the Cork City Division has 67 civilian staff carrying out administration work.

This is followed by the Dublin Metropolitan West and Limerick divisions which have 50 civilian staff.

The Cork North Division has 29 civilian staff while Cork West has 24.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin told the Evening Echo that a new manning system is currently being piloted in Cork and is part of the modernisation and renewal programme that the force is currently undergoing.

"The system is called a hybrid model of functional policing and it is being introduced in Galway, Mayo, Dublin South Central and Cork," he said.

In the hybrid model of functional policing, management will centre on five pillars of functionality; crime investigation, governance and strategy, courts and file management, administrative functions and frontline policing.

According to Chief Superintendent McPolin, the pilot programme hopes to make management more efficient, create greater visibility on the ground and allow for greater interaction with the public.

Across the country, there were 2,151 full-time civilian staff members working throughout An Garda Siochana carrying out senior management, administrative and technical roles.

However, another 1,850 civilians are to be added to the ranks by 2020.

The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said An Garda Siochána expects to employ 4,000 civilian staff by 2021, which is double the current figure and represents a medium-term target of a Garda organisation where 20% of the workforce are civilians.

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