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542. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí that have graduated in the fraud and e-crime investigation postgraduate certificate in UCD; the number of gardaí undertaking the course at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19779/19]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As you will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who has statutory responsibility for managing An Garda Síochána including training and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The table below sets out the number of Gardaí that have graduated in the Fraud and E Crime investigation postgraduate certificate in UCD and the number of Gardaí undertaking the course at present.

Year Number who graduated
November 2017 44
November 2018 44
November 2019 44 due to graduate
TOTAL 132 up to November 2019
November 2019 50 to commence course

The above numbers exclude over 200 additional members trained between 2004 and 2011 on the Garda Bureau of Fraud investigation course that was the forerunner of the Fraud and E Crime investigation postgraduate certificate in UCD. The Garda Bureau of Fraud investigation course had accreditation from LIT.