Thursday, 28 June 2007

Questions (220)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

221 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of specialist units currently established within An Garda Síochána; the numerical strength of each unit; when they were set up; the budget for each unit in the past seven years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18237/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The personnel strength (all ranks) of each Specialist Units in An Garda Síochána as at the 26th June 2007 was as set out hereunder.

Unit

Established

Strength

National Bureau of Criminal Investigation*

1997

164

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation

1995

53

Garda National Drug Unit

1995

64

Criminal Assets Bureau**

1996

55

Garda National Immigration Bureau

2000

181

Garda Air Support Unit

1997

23

Garda Water Unit

1966

17

Garda Dog Unit

1960

16

Garda Mounted Unit

1998

15

*These figures include personnel seconded into the Organised Crime Unit, which forms part of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

**The Criminal Assets Bureau is a statutory body which reports through the Commissioner to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the number of staff includes officers from all the agencies in the Bureau.

Garda personnel assigned throughout the Country, together with overall policing arrangements and operational strategy, are continually monitored and reviewed. Such monitoring ensures that optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the general public.

Budget Allocation by Unit

The budgetary allocation for each of these units over the last three years is shown below. Budgetary figures for years prior to this are not available without allocating a disproportionate amount of time to the work involved.

Unit

2004

2005

2006

National Bureau of Criminal Investigations

7,971,964

8,746,628

10,748,853

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation

5,170,229

4,983,977

5,032,217

Garda National Drug Unit

4,132,080

4,297,190

5,265,805

Criminal Assets Bureau

5,675,000

5,246,000

5,205,000

Garda National Immigration Bureau

15,977,304

15,685,395

15,969,739

Garda Air Support Unit

2,757,658

2,711,429

6,527,830

Garda Water Unit

766,370

815,355

1,779,323

Garda Dog Unit

1,132,180

1,711,429

1,426,547

Garda Mounted Unit

1,240,140

1,159,613

1,192,661