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Criminal Assets Bureau

A multi-agency approach to criminal investigations

The Criminal Assets Bureau is based at Harcourt Square

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was established in 1996. The Bureau’s statutory remit is to carry out investigations into the suspected proceeds of criminal conduct. 

CAB identifies assets of persons which derive, (or are suspected to derive), directly or indirectly from criminal conduct. It then takes appropriate action to deprive or deny those persons of the assets and the proceeds of their criminal conduct. The legal basis for this action is the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996, as amended by the 2005 Act, and Social Welfare and Revenue legislation.  

CAB uses a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary partnership approach in its investigations into the suspected proceeds of criminal conduct. It works closely with international crime investigation agencies, and has successfully targeted proceeds of foreign criminality from countries such as the US and the UK. 

CAB also works with international bodies such as the European Commission and Camden Assets Recovery Inter-agency Network (CARIN). CARIN is an informal network of law enforcement agencies, who share knowledge and information on how to trace assets in a member’s country. Significant benefits accrue in the international arena from this multi-agency approach.   

Criminals are continually becoming more adept at hiding the fruits of their criminal conduct. In order to continue to identify and trace such assets and to present testimony before the Courts, CAB has:

  • Established the Bureau Analysis Unit
  • Adopted international best practices in the area of Forensic Analysis
  • Adopted the use of enhanced training

A policy shift towards earlier or preliminary applications relating to lower value assets targets a more middle-ranking criminal than heretofore. While this approach may not realise extensive financial returns, it demonstrates CAB’s ability to react to local community concerns. Accordingly, this approach is seen as an effective use of CAB’s resources.  

CAB coordinates its own strategy within the Policing Plan and overall strategy of An Garda Síochána. It continues to support the roll-out of the Garda Divisional Profiler programme through providing lectures, training and expertise. In turn it receives intelligence, information and evidence from profilers. CAB will continue to support and utilise the fruits of this programme. 

Recent CAB Annual Reports are available in the Publications Section of the website of An Garda Síochána.

CAB can be contacted at:

Chief Bureau Officer
Criminal Assets Bureau
Harcourt Square
Harcourt Street
Dublin 2
D02 DH42

Tel: +353 1 6663266
Fax: +353 1 6663296