The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) was established as an effective and active response to the proliferation of serious and organised crime. It was formed in 1997 with the amalgamation of a number of national investigation units. It is headed by a Detective Chief Superintendent who reports to Assistant Commissioner in charge of National Support Services. The Bureau is based at Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
The NBCI remit includes:
- Stolen Motor Vehicles & Plant
- Serious & Organised Crime
- Theft of Computer Components
- Arts and Antiques Thefts
- Domestic Violence and Serious Sexual Assault including rape
- Postal and Telegraphy Thefts and Fraud
- Paedophile Investigations
- Intellectual Property Rights Violations
- Review of Major Investigations
While the responsibility for the investigation of all crime rests with local Garda Superintendents, NBCI provides expertise and skill in the investigation of serious and organised crime.
Bureau staff members assist in all aspects of the investigation including:
- Preliminary enquiries
- Case management
- Incident Room management
- General investigation
- File preparation
Specialist investigation teams from NBCI carry out these tasks when requested by local Garda officers or on the direction of senior Garda Management.