Justice | To ask the Minister for Justice the number of cold cases currently under investigation
To ask the Minister for Justice the number of cold cases currently under investigation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Serious Crime Review Team was established in 2007 under the direction of Detective Chief Superintendent, Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and its primary purpose is to assist Senior Investigating Officers in the investigation of serious crime by identifying new and investigative opportunities which require consideration of progression.
The process of serious crime review is also intended to shape future investigative and operational practices based upon the lessons learned and the identification of good practice for dissemination back in the investigative and operational units. Reviews are not regarded as re-investigation, but an integral element of the overall investigation, designed to assist and support the Senior Investigating Officer.
The commissioning of a review of an investigation is undertaken by Assistant Commissioner, Organised and Serious Crime, who is referred to as the Commissioning Officer. Upon completion of a review, the Reviewing Officer will submit a Review Report to the Commissioning Officer.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Serious Crime Review Team are currently undertaking reviews in respect of 14 investigations.
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