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768. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the estimated cost in 2022 of training 17 extra Garda forensic collision investigators in tabular form. [53050/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including all matters related to training and recruitment. As Minister, I have no direct role in these operational matters. I am assured however that the distribution of resources between the different Garda units and specialist roles is kept under constant review, in light of operational needs.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the maximum number of members who can be facilitated on a Forensic Collision Investigator Training Courses is 12, which is restricted by the external trainers AITS UK. Therefore two courses would be required in order to train 17 members. Costs for AITS UK remain the same for each course up to a maximum of 12 members attending training. The cost of each course is €32,000, giving a total cost of €64,000 for training 17 members.
I am further advised that there are additional costs associated with overtime, subsistence and travel costs for a Senior FCI Instructor, again for two courses. The cost per course is €6,500, giving a total of €13,000 for two courses to be run. Therefore, the total cost for training 17 Forensic Collision Investigators is estimated by the Garda authorities to be €77,000.
The table below, which was furnished to me by the Garda authorities, outlines these costs.

Details. Cost Per Course
Training costs for External Trainers (AITS) UK €32,000 per course €64,000
Overtime/Subsistence/Travel costs for Senior FCI Instructor Garda College €6,500 per course €13,000
Total Cost €38,500 €77,000

Please note that these figures are based on 2019 costings.