Donegaldaily.com has learned that a number of the most experienced officers in Donegal are to stand down at the end of the year.
They include Sgt Mick Foy, Inspector Sylvie Henry and Garda John Rouse amongst others.
Another well-known and highly-respected community officer, Garda Gerry Davenport, retired just a few weeks ago.
The officers are leaving in line with the terms set out in the Croke Park Agreement.
The retirements come as statistics show a dramatic increase in the number of burglary cases and assaults in the Letterkenny District.
Long-time community activist, former town councillor and Peace Commissioner PJ Blake warned there will be a huge void left by the retirements.
He said no money could buy the experience offered by Gardai who had lived among the community for decades.
“I think this is going to be a real problem. With all due respect, I don’t think many people know the young Gardai.
“People from the town know many of these retiring Gardai on first-name terms and have huge respect for them.
“They know if they are in trouble of any kind they can go to them.
“I’m very concerned about the force in Letterkenny and in Donegal with these retirements,” he said.