We use cookies on this website. By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.

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 31st March 2019 stood at 14,160 and the Garda staff strength as at 31st March 2019 stood at 2,645.6 - 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. Four classes entered the Garda College during 2018. The first class of 2019 will enter into the College in April with further intakes in July and December.  

Sanctions for the recruitment of additional and new Garda Staff posts are continuing to be received from the Policing Authority and work continues on recruiting to these posts. 

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 31st March 2019 
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 9 0 0 0 9
Chief Superintendent 45 0 +2 +2 47
Superintendent 158 0 +9-2 +7 165
Inspector 342 0 +37-9-2 +26 368
Sergeant 1,986 0 +76-37-3 +36 2,022
Garda 11,435 207 -76-19 +112 11,547
Total 13,977     183 14,160
Of which
Career Breaks (incl ICB*) 79
Work-Sharing** 56
Secondments (Overseas etc) 15
Maternity Leave 95
Unpaid Maternity Leave 42

* ICB - Incentivised Career Break

**Equates to 115 full time members

Garda Staff as at 31st March 2019
Professional/Technical 55
Administrative 2,333.9
Industrial/Non-Industrial 256.7
TOTAL (whole-time equivalent) 2,645.6

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

Garda Numbers by Division as on 31st March 2019
Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) Divisions
                        Comm D/Com A/Com C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
DMR OFFICE 0 0 1 0 1 2 11 59 74
EASTERN 0 0 0 1 3 10 53 312 379
NORTH CENTRAL 0 0 0 1 4 22 93 572 692
NORTHERN 0 0 0 1 5 17 83 617 723
SOUTH CENTRAL 0 0 0 1 4 17 81 566 669
SOUTHERN 0 0 0 1 4 13 76 462 556
TRAFFIC DIVISION 0 0 0 1 1 2 9 95 109
WESTERN 0 0 0 1 4 14 90 611 720
TOTAL 0 0 1 7 26 97 496 3,295 3,922
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 0 6 17 49 282 354
Of which Uniform total 0 0 1 7 20 80 447 3,013 3,568
Divisions other than DMR as on 31st March 2019
Comm D/Comm A/Comm C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
CAVAN/
MONAGHAN
0 0 0 1 5 8 50 303 367
CLARE 0 0 0 1 2 6 43 264 316
CORK CITY 0 0 1 11 6 20 100 579 707
CORK NORTH 0 0 0 1 3 6 50 280 340
CORK WEST 0 0 0 1 4 6 43 249 303
DONEGAL 0 0 0 1 4 8 54 359 426
GALWAY 0 0 0 1 8 15 93 489 606
KERRY 0 0 0 1 3 6 45 285 340
KILDARE 0 0 0 1 3 3 49 334 390
KILKENNY/
CARLOW
0 0 1 1 4 8 51 280 345
LAOIS/OFFALY 0 0 0 1 3 9 53 309 375
LIMERICK 0 0 0 1 5 13 81 495 595
LOUTH 0 0 0 1 3 9 48 290 351
MAYO 0 0 0 1 5 10 57 268 341
MEATH 0 0 0 1 4 7 42 268 322
ROSCOMMON/
LONGFORD
0 0 0 1 3 6 55 251 316
SLIGO/
LEITRIM
0 0 1 1 3 9 51 241 306
TIPPERARY 0 0 0 1 5 6 54 323 389
WATERFORD 0 0 0 1 3 7 48 279 338
WESTMEATH 0 0 1 1 3 7 41 221 274
WEXFORD 0 0 0 1 3 8 42 275 329
WICKLOW 0 0 0 1 3 7 46 264 321
TOTAL 0 0 4 22 85 184 1,196 6,906 8,397
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 0 7 26 115 536 684

Of which
Uniform total

0 0 4 22 78 158 1,081 6,370 7,713
Specialist Units (Includes HQ, Phoenix Park, HQ, Harcourt Square, Garda College, Vetting Bureau, Immigration Bureau etc) as on 31st March 2019
Comm D/Comm A/Comm C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
TOTAL 1 1 4 18 54 87 330 1,346 1,841
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 9 23 38 143 770 983
Of which Uniform total 1 1 4 9 31 49 187 576 858
TOTAL STRENGTH OF AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA 14,160
Of which Detective total 2,021
Of which Uniform total 12,139

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 31st March 2019
Professional/Technical Administrative Industrial
Head of legal Affairs (Director level post) 1 Chief Administrative Officer 1 General Operative 11
Senior Solicitor 0.6

Executive Director HR & People Development

1 Electrician 1
Solicitor 1

Executive Director Finance

1 Carpenter 1
Chief Medical Officer 1 Executive Director IT 1 Charge Hand 1
Assistant Chief Medical Officer 1 Executive Director Legal & Compliance 1 Traffic Warden 3.5
Occupational Health Physician 1 Executive Director Strategy & Transformation 1 Plumber 1
Nurse 3 Director of Communications 1 Driver 13.8
Head of Training and Development 0 Store Man 5
Teacher 16.6 Principal Officer* 15 Store Officer 1
Professional Accountant Grade 1 5 Assistant Principal** 37.9 Groom 2
Professional Accountant Grade II 2.8 Higher Executive Officer*** 138.7 Catering Staff 28
Professional Accountant Grade III 1 Executive Officer**** 425.6
Researcher 2 Clerical Officers 1,709.1
Photographer 3
Cartographer 2 Non-Industrial
Examiner of Maps 1 Superintendent of Cleaners 2
Telecoms Technician 10 Cleaners 143.4
Accident Damage Co-coordinator 1 Service Attendant 31
Technical Supervisor 1 Seasonal Cleaner 6
Workshop Supervisor 1 Service Officer 6
Sub-Total 55 2,333.9 256.7
GRAND TOTAL: 2,590.5 (Whole-time equivalent)

* 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 31st March 2019

Rank Strength Male Female Whole Time Equivalent
Commissioner 1 1 0 1
Deputy Commissioner 1 1 0 1
Assistant Commissioner 9 7 2 9
Chief Superintendent 47 38 9 47
Superintendent 165 150 15 165
Inspector 368 307 61 368
Sergeant 2,022 1,600 422 2,019.5
Garda 11,547 8,266 3,281 11,493.5
TOTAL 14,160 10,370 3,790 14,104
Of which   Male Female
Career Breaks (incl. ICB) 79 36 43
Work-sharing* 56 3 53
Secondments (Overseas etc.) 15 8 7
Maternity Leave 95 0 95
Unpaid Maternity Leave 42 0 42
Available Strength 31/3/19 13,873 10,323 3,550

*Equates to 112 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 31st March 2019

   Total WTE** Male Female
Professional / Technical 56 55 32 24
Administrative * 2,442 2,333.9 563 1,879
Industrial / Non-Industrial 427 256.7 127 300
Total 2,925 2,645.6 722 2,203
Of which
Work-sharing*** 376 12 364
Career Breaks 17 3 14
Maternity Leave 23 0 23
Unpaid Maternity Leave 5 0 5

Available Total (figure excludes career

break and maternity leave)

2,880 2,600.6 719 2,161

* 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
Principal Officer  15 15 10 5
Assistant Principal 38 37.9 16 22
Higher Executive Officer 140 138.7 62 78
Executive Officer 436 425.6 104 332
Clerical Officer 1,806 1,709.7 365 1,441
Total 2,435 2,326.9 557 1,878

Garda staff numbers by role - Gender Breakdown