I propose to take Questions Nos. 718, 757, 841 and 872 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary, independent, statutory body established under the Criminal Assets Bureau Act, 1996. The Bureau’s remit is to target a person's assets, wherever situated, which derive, or are suspected to derive, directly or indirectly, from criminal conduct. Since its inception, the Bureau has been at the forefront of fighting organised crime in this jurisdiction and disrupting the activities of criminal gangs by depriving them of ill-gotten assets.
Garda officers seconded to the Bureau are under the direction and control of the Chief Bureau Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau. Garda Bureau Officers are not attached to any Garda divisions or other Garda units.
The Bureau has for some considerable time maintained a presence in each of the Garda Divisions through the operation of the Divisional Assets Profiler Programme. Under the Programme, there are over 425 trained asset profilers, mainly members of An Garda Síochána from local divisions and special units. Asset profilers provide a criminal asset profiling service across the Garda Divisions in relation to persons or suspects operating within the area, with particular reference to those involved in serious and organised crime. The Bureau utilises the local knowledge supplied to it by the asset profilers which enables it to target the proceeds of crime in local communities.