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Sunday 17 December 2017

One Garda for every 540 people in County Wexford

By Maria Pepper

County Wexford has a ratio of one Garda for every 540 people following an increase of eight officers in the force over the past year.

Chief Superintendent John Roche told a Joint Policing Committee of the Council that as of this month there are 272 gardai working from a total of 22 stations the the county compared with 264 in March 2016.

'We are getting Probationer gardai every few months. They must have full supervision for the first 36 weeks', he said.

The Garda chief said there were a number of retirements in the Wexford area recently but the arrival of probationers and officers on transfer has helped to offset the ensuing staff loss.

'For a few years, we had little or no budget and we couldn't target criminals the way we are doing now. We have the money to do it now. Back in 2015, we had 255 gardai and that extra 20 gardai makes a difference,' he said.

Cllr. Willie Fitzharris said the clear message is that resources do make a difference. 'We should all be more vocal in fighting for more resources,' he said, adding to the Chief Superintendent: 'Keep up the good work'.

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