Thunder Bay Detachment is staffed with 20 investigators and two public service employees who provide services to the Districts of Rainy River, Thunder Bay and Kenora. The geographic area covers from White River, ON in the east to the Manitoba border in the west and from Lake Superior in the south to Hudson Bay in the North – an expanse covering more than 60 per cent of Ontario.
Investigators work in close partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police, First Nation Policing and all municipal police services in the area. As part of their duties, the police officers use all-terrain vehicles, vessels and satellite telephones for communications in remote areas.
Serving the Thunder Bay Region of Northwestern Ontario
221 North Archibald Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: (807) 623-2791
Fax: (807) 622-3728
The mandate of Thunder Bay Detachment is the enforcement of federal statutes and the Criminal Code. The enforcement units are all focused on the RCMP priorities of disrupting organized crime and terrorist activities and are divided as follows:
- Customs and Excise Section
Investigates commercial smuggling enterprises including the illicit manufacture, importation, exportation and international transhipment of contraband goods, firearms, weapons and technology.
- Drug Section
Works to identify, target, investigate, disrupt, and dismantle the international, national/regional, and local drug trafficking organizations that are having the most significant impact in Canada. The aim is to prevent the importation, production, traffic and use of illicit drugs.
- Federal Enforcement Section
Combats organized crime through the enforcement of 270 federal statutes within four programs: Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, Financial Loss to Government and Public Safety.
- Criminal Intelligence Section
A key service which supports both RCMP senior management and enforcement operations in the Division. Through intelligence-led policing, the mandate of this service is to gather and share intelligence that will effectively deter, detect and disrupt organized crime, and provides strategic direction in the deployment of resources.
- Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET)
The Lake Superior IBET has members at both the Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie detachments. It is one of 16 IBET teams across the country and one of five in Ontario (“O” Division). These teams are multi-agency law enforcement bodies harmonizing Canadian and U.S. efforts to target cross-border criminal activity and a need to enhance border integrity.
- Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB)
This integrated unit is responsible for high-level drug investigations in a geographic area bordered by Manitoba in the west, Manitouwadge in the east, Minnesota in the south and Hudson Bay in the north. In addition to the RCMP the unit consists of members from the Thunder Bay Police Service, the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and the Anishinabek Police Service.
- Regional Integrated Gang Unit
The Thunder Bay Detachment is also a proud participant in the Regional Integrated Gang Unit (RIGU). This investigational unit, which began in September of 2007, is comprised of five Thunder Bay Police Service members, two RCMP members and a Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service member. This unit's mandate includes the suppression of gang activity and commencement of gang related prosecutions in the Northwest Ontario region while also dedicating substantial time to education and prevention strategies particularly with youth at risk and First Nations.
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS), Anishnabek Police Service (APS),Treaty Three Police Service, Dryden Police Service and the Thunder Bay Police Service.
In addition to performing regular policing duties, the members and employees of the Thunder Bay Detachment participate in a variety of community activities. Some of the events at which you may meet an RCMP member in Red Serge or uniform include Cops for Cancer, the annual Thunder Bay Christmas Parade, annual Teddy Bear Picnic and Police Week activities.