RCMP LOs around the world
North America, Latin America & Carribbean:
Africa & Middle East:
The International Operations Branch – through the Liaison Officer (LO) Program – provides direction, support and assistance to Canadian law enforcement agencies in the prevention and detection of international offences that impact Canada.
Currently, the branch has 37 LOs deployed to 26 locations around the world. They are organized into three geographic regions: Asia-Pacific/South Africa; Europe/Middle East/East-Africa; and the Western Hemisphere
The primary role of an LO is to maintain a link between law enforcement agencies in Canada and in their countries of accreditation in order to facilitate bilateral cooperation to advance criminal matters that have a Canadian connection.
LOs will assist whenever the RCMP engages another country in pursuing major, long-term investigations related for instance to national security, drugs, organized crime, homicide, proceeds of crime, corruption and human smuggling. Being located in areas where organized crime groups operate, and using their knowledge of a host country, LOs are able to provide critical support to both domestic and international partners.
While they play a significant role in Canadian investigations that reach beyond our borders, LOs have no jurisdiction abroad. They can only advance Canadian investigations with the approval and cooperation of foreign authorities.
Posting LOs in strategic locations around the world not only provides Canada with an international link that is crucial in today’s policing environment, but also helps contribute to the safety and security of Canadians here at home.
Here’s a look at the primary duties that Liaison Officers perform:
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