325. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda asset profilers attached to each Garda division as of 21 June 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27784/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): 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.
The Criminal Assets Bureau conducts training courses for Asset Profilers twice per year. For the most part Asset Profilers are members of An Garda Siochana 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. The information you have requested on the number of Garda asset profilers assigned to each Garda Division is contained in the following table.
|Crime & Security|
|Crime & Security Total||16|
|DMR Traffic (SIU)||2|
|DMR South Central||14|
|DMR North Central||22|
|Garda - DSP||DSP||9|
|Garda - DSP Total||9|
|Serious Crime Operations||ODCE||3|
|Serious Crime Operations Total||51|
|South Eastern Total||33|