Regions, Divisions and Districts
For policing purposes the country is divided into 6 regions, each of which is commanded by an Assistant Commissioner.
The 6 regions are:
- Dublin Metropolitan Region
- Northern Region
- Western Region
- Eastern Region
- Southern Region
- South Eastern Region
The duties of the regional Assistant Commissioners are mainly operational. They are responsible for:
- Ensuring the operational efficiency of their respective Region
- The quality of operational management exercised by their Divisional and District Officers
Each region is divided into divisions commanded by a Chief Superintendent, and each division is then divided into districts commanded by a Superintendent. A Superintendent in charge of a district is also known as the District Officer. He is assisted by a number of Inspectors. The districts are divided into sub-districts, each normally the responsibility of a Sergeant. Each sub-district usually has only 1 station, the strength of which may vary from 3 to 100 Gardaí. In some areas there are stations known as sub-stations which for administrative purposes are attached to a parent station. These sub-stations are usually occupied by 1 garda member. There are 564 Garda Stations throughout the country.