The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Michael McDowell, T.D., has announced that he has secured Government approval for increases in the strength of An Garda Síochána at various management and supervisory ranks. The new posts in the various ranks are as follows: 1 Chief Superintendent, 9 Superintendents, 73 Inspectors and 443 Sergeants.
The increase in Sergeants and Inspectors has been approved to boost the front-line supervisory capacity of An Garda Síochána and to keep pace with the expansion to 14,000 of Gardaí and members in training which is on course to be achieved by the end of this year. This unprecedented expansion requires a proportional increase in the numbers of sergeants and inspectors to preserve the current ratio of these ranks to the numbers at the basic Garda rank. The current move stems from a strategic review carried out by the Garda Commissioner to determine how recent developments - such as the establishment of the vitally important specialist units and the radical expansion of the Garda Traffic Corps which is due to increase to 1,200 by over the next 2 years - impact on the operational requirements of these ranks.
The new posts in Inspector and Sergeant ranks will allow the Garda Commissioner not only to restore the proportion of these ranks to the levels they were at before these developments, but also increase them significantly. The Commissioner will now move to implement the approved increases on a phased basis.
The Minister said "It is vital that the effectiveness of An Garda Síochána at supervisory level is maintained and strengthened. Consistency in supervision and guidance are essential for effective performance and the maintenance of discipline in the Force."
He added "This measure will ensure that the Commissioner has sufficient resources at supervisory level to ensure the highest standards of supervision and discipline in the Force."
Today's announcement follows the signing into law by the Minister of the Garda Síochána (Ranks) Regulations 2006, which sets the maximum number at each Garda rank.
Additional Chief Superintendent and Superintendents also approved
The Government has also approved the appointment of an additional chief superintendent and nine superintendents. This enables the following key appointments:
- The Chief Superintendent and one Superintendent will be assigned to establish, oversee and support the operation of the forthcoming Garda Reserve.
- Six Superintendents will be allocated to the Garda Traffic Corps, with one Superintendent assigned to each of the six Garda operational regions.
- One Superintendent will head up a policy unit to examine, develop and monitor victim liaison policy oversight for An Garda Síochána based on best practice models.
- The remaining additional Superintendent is approved on a supernumerary basis for the duration of the current secondment of a Superintendent (Supt Liam Hogan) to the EU police mission in Palestine (EU COPPS).
19 June 2006.