Five garda trainees on the way to Wexford
Published 28/04/2015 | 00:00
five garda trainees are being posted to Wexford following their graduation parade at the Garda College in Templemore, but it will be a while before numbers are back to acceptable levels.
The five were among 99 new gardai who were attested by Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan during last Thursday's ceremony and parade.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said the five trainees would arrive in Wexford in a fortnight's time to begin their on-the-job training.
He said recently that Wexford has the third lowest level of garda cover in the country.
The county is currently without an adequately manned traffic corps, while the drug division is manned by a solitary senior Garda.
Supt Roche said there are around 245 Gardaí serving the county, making a ratio of 1:581 Gardaí per head of population.
The county has 41 less Gardaí than in recent years when the force stood at 286. Supt Roche said: 'We've a shortage of guards in Wexford. We've the third highest ratio in the county after Kildare and Meath.'