Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (360)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

360. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of additional gardaí attached to DMR north that have been trained as divisional asset profilers during 2018 and to date in 2019. [45258/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is a multi-agency statutory body established under the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996. Its primary objective is to identify the proceeds of criminal activities and deprive people of the benefits of such criminal proceeds. The CAB operates nationally and is supported in its work by a network of over 425 trained asset profilers. These asset profilers work hand-in-hand with local Garda management and communities and I am pleased to say this has proved extremely effective.

I am informed that the Criminal Assets Bureau conducts training courses for Asset Profilers twice per year.

For the most part Asset Profilers are members of An Garda Síochána from local divisions and from special units. In addition, a small number have been trained from Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a total of 14 Garda members in the DMR North Division have been trained as Asset Profilers from 1 January 2018 to date. I am further informed that there are currently 22 Asset Profilers in the DMR North Division.