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Garda HR Directorate

Athlumney HouseThe Directorate is responsible for most of the administrative and transactional HR functions for all Garda members and Garda staff. Among the HR functions administered in Athlumney House are pay & pensions; sick leave and other leave schemes; records, data protection and file management; and administration and statistics. In addition, the HR Directorate plays a leading role in other civilian HR matters such as resource management, discipline and industrial relations. 

The Garda Commissioner is the appropriate authority for Garda staff. Apart from the administrative support duties in Garda Stations and offices, Gardan staff are involved in the provision of essential roles in a wide range of managerial, professional, technical and industrial functions. Civilianisation has also enabled the establishment or expansion of some vital services which are wholly or largely provided by Garda staff – including the Garda National Immigration Bureau, the Garda Information Services Centre, the Garda Central Vetting Unit, the Fixed Charge Processing Office and the Communications Centre.

Garda and Garda Staff Numbers

The Garda strength as at 31 May 2020 stood at 14,700 (14,439.5 WTE) and the Garda staff strength as at 31 May 2020 stood at 3,267 (3,019.9 WTE)  - see 'Numbers' table for summary detail.  A full breakdown by rank and grade is outlined under the tables 'Garda Numbers' and 'Garda Staff Numbers'. 

The Garda Trainee recruitment campaign continues. Three intakes entered the Garda College in 2019, one of which attested on 29  November 2019, one on 21 February 2020 and the final intake of 2019 is due to attest in July 2020. The first intake of 2020 commenced training in the College on 10 February with further intakes planned during the year.

319 students in the College attested on 20 March 2020 as part of actions taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Work continues on resourcing additional and new Garda staff posts based upon prior sanctions for recruitment received from the Policing Authority.

Please note the footnotes on each table which identify that the information provided is reflective of that information available to the Garda HR Directorate at a point in time and may vary due to operational requirements. Consequently, please be aware that figures provided are current as of the table's date and ARE PROVISIONAL FIGURES AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Garda numbers as on the 31 May 2020 
RANK END OF LAST MONTH ATTESTED RETIREMENTS ETC.  NET CHANGE (includes all movement including promotions etc.) TOTAL AT END OF MONTH
Commissioner 1 0 0 0 1
Deputy Commissioner 1 0 0 0 1
Assistant Commissioner 8 1 0 1 9
Chief Superintendent 46 0 0 1 47
Superintendent 166 1 1 0 166
Inspector 380 0 0 -1 379
Sergeant 2,090 0 0 17 2,107
Garda 12,022 2 20 -32 11,990
Total 14,714 2 21 -14 14,700
Of which
Career Breaks (incl ICB*) 66
Work-Sharing** 54.5
Secondments (Overseas etc) 13
Maternity Leave 69
Unpaid Maternity Leave 46
Paternity Leave 12
Available Strength on 31/5/20 14,439.5

* ICB - Incentivised Career Break

**Equates to 109 full time members

Garda Staff as at 31 May 2020
Total WTE
Professional/Technical 60 59.4
Administrative 2,814 2,716.4
Industrial/Non-Industrial 393 244.1
TOTAL (whole-time equivalent) 3,267 3,019.9

# Figures provided are current as of the above dates and ARE PROVISIONAL FIGURES AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Garda Numbers by Division as on 31 May 2020
Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) Divisions
                        Comm D/Com A/Com C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
DMR OFFICE 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 3 7
EASTERN 0 0 0 1 3 8 47 323 382
NORTH CENTRAL 0 0 0 1 4 20 100 568 693
NORTHERN 0 0 0 1 6 20 95 679 801
SOUTH CENTRAL 0 0 0 1 5 21 89 634 750
SOUTHERN 0 0 0 1 4 15 80 495 595
TRAFFIC DIVISION 0 0 0 1 2 3 12 97 115
WESTERN 0 0 0 1 4 18 93 659 775
TOTAL 0 0 1 7 29 106 517 3,458 4,118
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 0 7 9 64 347 427
Of which Uniform total 0 0 1 7 22 97 453 3,111 3,691
Divisions other than DMR as on 31 May 2020
Comm D/Comm A/Comm C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
CAVAN/
MONAGHAN
0 0 0 1 5 7 53 330 396
CLARE 0 0 0 1 2 8 49 256 316
CORK CITY 0 0 1 1 5 17 106 600 730
CORK NORTH 0 0 0 1 3 6 52 295 357
CORK WEST 0 0 0 1 4 7 47 253 312
DONEGAL 0 0 0 1 4 7 55 400 467
GALWAY 0 0 0 1 5 17 99 508 630
KERRY 0 0 0 1 3 6 54 290 354
KILDARE 0 0 0 0 3 8 60 358 429
KILKENNY/
CARLOW
0 0 1 1 4 8 49 293 356
LAOIS/OFFALY 0 0 0 1 3 10 55 324 393
LIMERICK 0 0 0 1 5 14 80 511 611
LOUTH 0 0 0 1 3 10 57 328 399
MAYO 0 0 0 1 5 8 60 274 348
MEATH 0 0 0 1 5 7 43 287 343
ROSCOMMON/
LONGFORD
0 0 0 1 3 7 52 265 328
SLIGO/
LEITRIM
0 0 1 1 3 8 50 254 317
TIPPERARY 0 0 0 1 5 8 59 341 414
WATERFORD 0 0 0 1 3 10 51 313 378
WESTMEATH 0 0 0 0 3 7 40 231 281
WEXFORD 0 0 0 1 3 7 45 280 336
WICKLOW 0 0 0 0 3 7 44 263 317
TOTAL 0 0 3 19 82 194 1,260 7,254 8,812
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 0 7 16 149 625 797

Of which
Uniform total

0 0 3 19 75 178 1,111 6,629 8,015
Specialist Units (Includes HQ, Phoenix Park, HQ, Harcourt Square, Garda College, Vetting Bureau, Immigration Bureau etc) as on 31 May 2020
Comm D/Comm A/Comm C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
TOTAL 1 1 5 21 55 79 330 1,278 1,770
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 11 29 32 138 751 961
Of which Uniform total 1 1 5 10 26 47 192 527 809
TOTAL STRENGTH OF AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA 14,700
Of which Detective total 2,185
Of which Uniform total 12,515

Garda Numbers by Station

Garda Reserve Numbers by Station

(A small number of Stations currently have no Garda member assigned to it, the service is provided to these stations by the Community / District Headquarters Station)

Legend: Comm = Commissioner, D/Comm = Deputy Commissioner, A/Comm = Assistant Commissioner, C/Supt = Chief Superintendent, Supt. = Superintendent, Insp. = Inspector, Sergt. = Sergeant, Gda = Garda.

Figures provided are current as of the above date and ARE PROVISIONAL FIGURES AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The numbers provided above may vary based on current operational needs identified by local management.

Garda Staff as on 31 May 2020
Professional/Technical Administrative Industrial
Head of legal Affairs (Director level post) 1 Chief Administrative Officer 1 General Operative 11
Senior Solicitor 1

Executive Director HR & People Development

1 Electrician 1
Solicitor 2

Executive Director Finance

1 Carpenter 1
Legal Professional 4

Executive Director IT

0 Charge Hand 1
Chief Medical Officer 1 Executive Director Strategy and Transformation 1 Plumber 1
Assistant Chief Medical Officer 1 Executive Director Legal & Compliance 1 Traffic Warden 2
Occupational Health Physician 0 Chief Data Officer 1
Principal Psychologist 1 Director of Communications 1
Nurse 3 Driver 13
Head of Training and Development 0 Store Man 5
Teacher 17 Principal Officer* 21 Store Officer 1
Professional Accountant Grade 1 4 Assistant Principal** 66 Groom 2
Professional Accountant Grade II 3 Higher Executive Officer*** 128 Catering Staff 26
Professional Accountant Grade III 0 Administrative Officer 7
Researcher 2 Executive Officer**** 744
Photographer 3 Clerical Officers 1,841
Cartographer 2 Non-Industrial
Examiner of Maps 1 Superintendent of Cleaners 2
Telecoms Technician 10 Cleaners 237
Engineer Grade 1 1 Service Attendant 41
Engineer Grade 2 2 Seasonal Cleaner 42
Technical Supervisor 1 Service Officer 7
Sub-Total 60 2,814 393
GRAND TOTAL AVAILABLE: 3,267 ( Whole-time equivalent 3,019.9)

* Includes 1 Head of Analysis Service (Currently vacant)
** Includes 2 Deputy Head of Analysis Service
*** Includes 26 Senior Crime & Policing Analysts.
**** Includes 8 Crime & Policing Analysts

Figures provided are current as of the above date and ARE PROVISIONAL FIGURES AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Garda Strength by Gender as on 31 May 2020

Rank Strength Male Female Whole Time Equivalent
Commissioner 1 1 0 1
Deputy Commissioner 1 1 0 1
Assistant Commissioner 9 5 4 8
Chief Superintendent 47 39 8 47
Superintendent 166 149 17 168
Inspector 379 312 67 378
Sergeant 2,107 1,636 471 2,098.5
Garda 11,990 8,545 3,445 11,991.5
TOTAL 14,700 10,688 4,012  14,439.5
Of which   Male Female
Career Breaks (incl. ICB) 66 30 36
Work-sharing* 54.5 1.5 53
Secondments (Overseas etc.) 13 9 4
Maternity Leave 69 0 69
Unpaid Maternity Leave 46 0 46
Paternity Leave 12 12 0
Available Strength 30/5/20 14,439.5 10,635.5 3,804

*Equates to 109 Full-time members.

Figures provided are current as of the above date and ARE PROVISIONAL FIGURES AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Garda Staff by Gender as on the 31 May 2020

   Total WTE** Male Female
Professional / Technical 60 59.4 36 24
Administrative * 2,814 2,716.4 739 2,075
Industrial / Non-Industrial 393 244.1 119 274
Total 3,237 3,019.9 894 2,373
Of which
Work-sharing*** 338 228.9 8 330
Career Breaks 24 0 5 19
Maternity Leave 26 0 0 26
Unpaid Maternity Leave 14 0 0 14
Paternity Leave 0 0 0 0

Available Total (figure excludes career

break and maternity leave)

3,241 2,990.3 899 2,342

* Civil service grades and other administrative posts

** Whole time equivalent - Garda staff work on a number of different work-sharing patterns.

*** Work-sharing figure excludes Industrial & Non-Industrial staff. Many of these positions are part-time.

Garda Staff - Civil Service Grades
Grade Total WTE Male Female
CAO 1 1 1 0
Executive Director 5 5 4 1
Director 1 1 1 0
Principal Officer  21 21 11 10
Assistant Principal 66 66 36 30

Higher Executive Officer

/Administrative Officer

135 134 55 80
Executive Officer 744 734.2 198 546
Clerical Officer 1,841 1,754.2 440 1,401
Total 2,814 2,716.4 739 2,075

Garda staff numbers by role - Gender Breakdown