May 30, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Gardaí deployed to the traffic corps in each of the past five years.
Reply from Minister Alan Shatter: The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no direct function in the matter. This allocation of resources is constantly monitored in the context of demographics, crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that while all Gardaí have responsibility, inter alia, to deal with Traffic Policing issues as and when they arise, the number of personnel assigned to the Traffic Corps on 31 December 2008 to 2012 and also on 30 April 2013, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the table hereunder:
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