Following an article we published  in Meath live this week the Garda Press Office has confirmed the appointment of six Gardai in the Meath Division,

two this summer and a further four members  in recent weeks.

There has also been a number of retirements in the division with a sergeant and garda retired and another garda to retire in the coming months.

In total there are 315 Gardaí serving in the Meath Division which is up by 34 in numbers compared  to 2013.

Meath’s population continues to grow with a population of over 220,000 up 26,000 from the previous census in 2016.

There are currently 315 Gardaí, all ranks, as of 30/09/23, assigned to Meath Garda Division which is 34 more Gardaí than 10 years ago.

The Garda Press Office go on to issue the following statement regarding numbers and policing.

”The allocation of resources within any Garda Division are a matter for the local Chief Superintendent.

Resources deployed at any individual Garda station, do not work in isolation but are supported by Divisional Units such as Roads Policing, Drugs and Detective Units and further supported by Regional Armed Support Unit and National Units.

An Garda Síochána operates a Regional Control Room strategy, GardaSAFE, which ensures that Garda resources are available to respond to calls for service from the public, including situations where a local resource is not immediately available.

Some Garda stations are opened on reduced hours to facilitate the provision of administrative functions to the public. Outside of these hours members of An Garda Síochána, continue to operate from these Garda Stations, are on patrol in their local communities, are involved in community engagement and investigations and available to respond to assist the public.

Where a member of the Public needs to speak with their local Gardaí, contact with their local Gardaí can be made through the Garda District Headquarters, which are open 24 hours and are identified on the Stations Directory section of the Garda Website.

Members of the public can contact their local Garda station, for routine non-urgent enquiries, outside of these hours by using the ‘email this Garda station’ facility on the Stations Directory section of the Garda Website.”