99. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in Dublin who have completed the competency based driving levels 4 and 5 in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15805/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As you will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including the training of its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I am informed by the Commissioner that there is a five level suite of competency based driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skill set and operational requirements of the Garda members.
This 5 level suite covers the initial assessment at CBD 1 to advanced driving which includes the highest level of knowledge of road craft and all competency areas necessary to drive high powered vehicles at CBD 4 and the training of Garda driving instructors at CBD 5. The frequency of courses is governed by the operational requirements of An Garda Síochána. Competency Based
Driving Level 3 is the highest level of training given to operational members. The more specialised levels CBD 4 and CBD 5 are held as needed and are of 4 weeks' duration.
With respect to the specific information requested I have been informed that no Gardaí in Dublin have completed the Competency Based Driving Levels 4 and 5 in the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019.