Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (394)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

394. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which there is a provision for training gardaí in the area of animal welfare issues; if he will commit specific Garda personnel for animal welfare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14754/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that training provided to Gardaí included instruction in relation to the Control of Horses and Dogs. This instruction was delivered during the in-service classes students attended at their Divisional Continuous Professional Development Centre. The approach to learning in the new BA in Applied Policing will ensure that students will continue to be proficient in accessing and identifying the relevant legislation, policy documents etc. to enable them to investigate animal welfare issues.