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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, Garda 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 October 2021 stood at 14,298 (14,061.5 WTE) and the Garda staff strength as at 31 October 2021 stood at 3,396 (3,172.5 WTE). A full breakdown by rank and grade is outlined under the tables 'Garda Numbers' and 'Garda Staff Numbers'. 

• A total of 82 Garda Trainees were offered a place for the Intake on 25 May 2020 and 75 accepted. A further 79 Garda Trainees were offered a place on the Intake for 22 June 2020 and 75 accepted. These trainees were the first to commence the new process, detailed as follows:

     Phase I of the Training Programme is divided into a three stage blended phase, which consists of:

  1. Three weeks online learning, consisting of self-directed eLearning lessons, supported each day by live online tutorial sessions and one week residence at the Garda College.          
  2. A minimum of 12 weeks at a designated Garda Station.          
  3. 16 weeks residence in the Garda College.

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

• The Workforce Plan is continuing to be refined and revised in consultation with the Policing Authority and Departments of Justice and Equality and Public Expenditure & Reform who are anxious to ensure the visibility of the Garda Reassignment Initiative and progress on the workforce modernisation agenda.

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 October 2021
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 2 0 0 0 2
Assistant Commissioner 8 0 0 0 8
Chief Superintendent 47 0 1 1 46
Superintendent 167 0 1 0 166
Inspector 416 0 0 1 415
Sergeant 1,915 0 22 0 1,893
Garda 11,789 0 22 0 11,767
Total 14,345 0 46 2 14,298
Of which
Career Breaks (incl ICB*) 47
Work-Sharing** 43.5
Secondments (Overseas etc) 12
Maternity Leave 78
Unpaid Maternity Leave 34
Paternity Leave 22
Available Strength on 31/10/21 14,061.5

* ICB - Incentivised Career Break

**Equates to 87 full time members

Garda Staff as at 31 October 2021
Total WTE
Professional/Technical 64 63.4
Administrative 2,978 2,886
Industrial/Non-Industrial 354 223.3
TOTAL (whole-time equivalent) 3,396 3,172.7

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

Garda Numbers by Division as on 31 October 2021
Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) Divisions
                        Comm D/Com A/Com C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
DMR OFFICE 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 3 9
EAST 0 0 0 1 3 9 38 319 370
NORTH 0 0 0 1 5 22 86 667 781
NORTH CENTRAL 0 0 0 1 4 22 91 549 667
SOUTH  0 0 0 1 4 17 70 484 576
SOUTH CENTRAL 0 0 0 1 5 22 80 608 716
TRAFFIC DIVISION 0 0 0 1 2 3 10 90 106
WESTERN 0 0 0 1 4 22 82 637 746
TOTAL 0 0 1 8 28 118 459 3,357 3,971
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 0 7 5 63 386 461
Of which Uniform total 0 0 1 8 21 113 396 2,971 3,510
Divisions other than DMR as on 31 October 2021
Comm D/Comm A/Comm C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
CAVAN/
MONAGHAN
0 0 0 1 5 8 48 323 385
CLARE 0 0 0 1 2 10 50 251 314
CORK CITY 0 0 1 1 6 17 98 600 723
CORK NORTH 0 0 0 0 2 6 44 284 336
CORK WEST 0 0 0 1 4 8 42 245 300
DONEGAL 0 0 0 1 3 9 50 385 448
GALWAY 0 0 0 1 6 20 82 504 613
KERRY 0 0 0 1 3 10 48 290 352
KILDARE 0 0 0 0 3 10 55 358 426
KILKENNY/
CARLOW
0 0 1 1 3 9 45 274 333
LAOIS/OFFALY 0 0 0 1 2 10 51 312 376
LIMERICK 0 0 0 1 5 15 74 503 598
LOUTH 0 0 0 1 2 10 46 335 394
MAYO 0 0 0 1 5 8 54 261 329
MEATH 0 0 0 1 4 9 38 270 322
ROSCOMMON/
LONGFORD
0 0 0 1 3 9 46 241 300
SLIGO/
LEITRIM
0 0 1 1 3 9 44 239 297
TIPPERARY 0 0 0 1 4 9 53 335 402
WATERFORD 0 0 0 1 3 10 45 313 372
WESTMEATH 0 0 0 0 3 8 38 213 262
WEXFORD 0 0 0 1 3 8 42 281 335
WICKLOW 0 0 0 0 3 8 38 260 309
TOTAL 0 0 3 18 77 220 1,131 7,077 8,526
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 0 10 21 151 753 935

Of which
Uniform total

0 0 3 18 67 199 980 6,324 7,591
Specialist Units (Includes HQ, Phoenix Park, HQ, Harcourt Square, Garda College, Vetting Bureau, Immigration Bureau etc) as on 31 October 2021
Comm D/Comm A/Comm C/Supt Supt Insp Sergt Gda Total
TOTAL 1 2 4 20 61 77 303 1,333 1,801
Of which Detective total 0 0 0 10 32 24 150 819 1,035
Of which Uniform total 1 2 4 10 29 53 153 514 766
TOTAL STRENGTH OF AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA 14,298
Of which Detective total 2,431
Of which Uniform total

11,867

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 October 2021
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 0
Solicitor 2

Executive Director Finance

1 Carpenter 1
Legal Professional 6

Chief Information Officer

1 Charge Hand 1
Chief Medical Officer 1 Executive Director Strategy and Transformation 0 Plumber 1
Assistant Chief Medical Officer 1 Executive Director Legal & Compliance 1 Traffic Warden 2
Occupational Health Physician 0 Director of IT 0
Principal Psychologist 1 Director of Communications 1
Nurse 2 Driver 13
Head of Training and Development 0 Store Man 5
Teacher 15 Principal Officer* 25 Store Officer 1
Professional Accountant Grade 1 6 Assistant Principal** 73 Groom 2
Professional Accountant Grade II 5 Higher Executive Officer*** 170 Catering Staff 21
Professional Accountant Grade III 0 Administrative Officer 21
Forensic Accountant Grade II 1
Researcher 3 Executive Officer**** 729
Photographer 3 Clerical Officers 1,954
Cartographer 1 Non-Industrial
Examiner of Maps 1 Superintendent of Cleaners 2
Telecoms Technician 10 Cleaners 229
Engineer Grade 1 1 Service Attendant 50
Engineer Grade 2 2 Seasonal Cleaner 8
Technical Supervisor 1 Service Officer 7
Sub-Total 64 2,978 354
GRAND TOTAL AVAILABLE: 3,396 ( Whole-time equivalent 3,172.7)

* 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 Octoberr 2021

Rank Strength Male Female
Commissioner 1 1 0
Deputy Commissioner 2 0 2
Assistant Commissioner 8 5 3
Chief Superintendent 46 36 10
Superintendent 166 144 22
Inspector 415 338 77
Sergeant 1,893 1,446 447
Garda 11,757 8,3764 3,403
TOTAL 14,298 10,334 3,964
Of which   Male Female
Career Breaks (incl. ICB) 47 21 26
Work-sharing* 43.5 1

42.5

Secondments (Overseas etc.) 12 9 3
Maternity Leave 78 0 78
Unpaid Maternity Leave 34 0 34
Paternity Leave 22 22 0
Available Strength 31/10/21 14,061.5 10,281 3,780.5

*Equates to 87 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 October 2021

   Total WTE** Male Female
Professional / Technical 64 63.4 37 27
Administrative * 2,978 2,886 801 2,177
Industrial / Non-Industrial 354 223.3 116 238
Total 3,396 3,172.7 954 2,442

* 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 4 4 2 2
Director 1 1 1 0
Principal Officer  25 25 13 12
Assistant Principal 73 73 30 43

Higher Executive Officer

170 168.6 66 104

Administrative Officer

21 21 10 11
Executive Officer 729 720.2 195 534
Clerical Officer 1,954 1,872.1 484 1,470
Total 2,978 2,886 801 2,177

Garda staff numbers by role - Gender Breakdown