Beginning with the spring motorcycle riding season and continuing through the summer, RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador is partnering with police and public safety partners across Canada to educate the public on the criminal threat posed by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Under the umbrella of CIROC (the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime), of which RCMP NL is a member, participating agencies will feature anti-gang messages across a variety of social media platforms.
"Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs have extensive criminal networks and are known for drug trafficking, violence and murder, money laundering and extortion, among other illegal activities – in fact, our intelligence indicates that these gangs are likely linked to over 50 percent of all organized crime groups in the country," said Superintendent Deanna Hill, Federal Criminal Operations Officer for RCMP NL. "Public relations efforts, such as participation in legitimate charitable events and toy drives for children, are used by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs to deceive and manipulate the public into thinking they are contributing community citizens. Our message to residents throughout our province with this social media campaign is to not be fooled by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs; they are criminals prone to violence and intimidation."
Social media followers are encouraged to watch for the campaign on the Facebook and Twitter accounts of RCMP NL and to like and share the posts to help educate the public and raise awareness of the negative impacts of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.
For more information on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: http://www.rcmp.gc.ca/en/outlaw-motorcycle-gangs
RCMP NL Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit targets criminal activity involving national security, transnational and serious organized crime and cyber crime throughout the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
CIROC coordinates a national effort to disrupt organized crime through information sharing between law enforcement agencies. Its partners include:
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Municipal and provincial police agencies
- Criminal Intelligence Service Canada
- Canadian Border Services Agency
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
- Other federal government departments