170. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice the training given to gardaí on implementation of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010. [12271/21]
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from An Garda Síochána, but I have not received this information in time. I will write to the Deputy as soon as the information is to hand.
The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
I refer to Parliamentary Question Number 170 for answer on 04 March 2021, in which you asked what training had been given to Gardaí on the implementation of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010. You will recall that the information could not be obtained in the time available and I undertook to consult with An Garda Síochána and contact you again when the information was available.
As you will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of Garda business under the provisions of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the implementation of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 is part of the advised curricula communicated to members by way of a HQ Directive issued from the Garda Legal Section.
When a HQ Directive is issued throughout the Garda organisation, it communicates to the organisation the policy of the Commissioner regarding the subject matter of the HQ Directive. Such Directives are issued for the attention of all personnel.
HQ Directives are issued on a wide range of matters, including new legislation, amending legislation and court judgments.
On 20th August, 2010 HQ Directive 105/2010 titled “Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 ” was issued by the Assistant Commissioner, Crime & Security throughout the organisation.
The HQ Directive explains that the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 (No. 22 of 2010) (the 2010 Act) became law on the 14th July, 2010 and came into operation on the 23rd August, 2010 by virtue of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 (Commencement) Order 2010 (S.I. 401 of 2010).
I hope this information is of assistance.