“Through leadership and partnership the NCECC will provide a national integrated environment for the coordination, collaboration, education, intelligence and development of strategies to combat the global online sexual exploitation of children.”
The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) is part of the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (CPCMEC) which encompasses the NCECC and the National Missing Children Services (NMCS).
The NCECC was established in 2004 as the law enforcement component of Canada’s National Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. The Centre was created in response to the recognition that the Internet was being more frequently used to facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children including the exchange of child sexual abuse images and child luring.
The mandate of the NCECC is to reduce the vulnerability of children to Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation by identifying victimized children; investigating and assisting in the prosecution of sexual offenders; and, strengthening the capacity of municipal, territorial, provincial, federal, and international police agencies through training and investigative support.
The NCECC mandate was built on the G8 objectives for protecting children from sexual exploitation on the Internet and these objectives guide the work of the NCECC:
The NCECC is Canada’s contact point for files involving Canadian victims and suspects. The Centre provides a number of services to law enforcement including the ability to respond immediately to a child at risk, the coordination of investigative files, expertise in victim identification techniques, management of multi-jurisdictional cases, operationally relevant research, and training specific to online child sexual exploitation investigations. The NCECC also manages and provides training for the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS), an intelligence tool that enhances information sharing among Canadian investigators.