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School of Law and Criminal Assets Bureau

28.02.2020

A new course launching at University of Limerick will provide training to law enforcement in the area of proceeds of crime investigation, asset identification, seizure, confiscation and recovery.  

The School of Law, (UL) and the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) are to work together on the new Postgraduate Diploma in Proceeds of Crime and Asset Identification. UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald and Chief Bureau Officer Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin launched the programme in the University on Wednesday, 26th February. The objective of the postgraduate diploma is to provide a recognised standard of training for staff in CAB and other law enforcement, regulatory and administrative agencies in both Ireland and internationally who require academic and professional training in the field of specific investigations.

Such training and education will help to establish standard operating procedures and identify established best practice in effective proceeds of crime investigations. It builds on an already strong relationship between UL and An Garda Síochána, which UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald was “enabling a professional community of practice to engage with a professional community of scholarship.

“The programme will enhance UL’s position by continuing to build a critical mass in the areas of law enforcement and criminal justice,” he said.  “UL already accredits the Garda Siochana level 7 and level 9 training programmes; it provides an online level 8 top up programme in Applied Policing for members of An Garda Síochána, and an MA in Serious Crime Investigation for those serious crime investigators who have completed the postgraduate diploma in serious crime investigation. UL also has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, and an LLM/MA in Criminal Justice and Human Rights.

“The new programme also fits with UL’s strategic objectives by engaging with a key stakeholder in the field,” he added.The market for the programme will have an international reach given that CAB is a recognised leader in the field of asset forfeiture and it will have a very strong domestic reach given the hundreds of regulatory agencies that exist in Ireland.Chief Bureau Officer Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin said: “The Criminal Assets Bureau looks forward to building on our close working relationship with University of Limerick. The Bureau welcome this opportunity to upskill its Bureau Officers to meet the challenges posed, both nationally and internationally, in asset identification, asset confiscation and asset recovery. “The course provides the opportunity to ensure that best international practices are adhered to and the transfer of knowledge to ensure effective continuity into the future,” he added.