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Federal Policing Services

Our operational response is organized into five areas of priority:

Serious and Organized Crime

Serious and organized crime in Canada is a multi-faceted and borderless problem impacting all Canadians, directly or indirectly. Increasingly, organized crime networks are not focused on any one type of criminality, but rather multiple markets at once. Our specialized programs and teams work in collaboration with domestic and international partners on intelligence led investigations which focus on combating the risk presented to Canadians by Organized Crime groups regardless of where they are located.

Our Serious and Organized Crime and Financial Crime teams are strategically located across Ontario to allow for effective and efficient response to the threat of organized and financial crime. The teams are flexible and adaptable to meet the evolving needs and requirements of the RCMP. They are able to integrate with other municipal, provincial, federal and international law enforcement agencies in order to leverage resources and expertise to meet the scope and sophistication of these criminal groups.  

Financial Crime

The RCMP contributes to the security of the Canadian economy and seeks to protect Canadians and their governments from financial crimes committed by organized crime and others. Economic integrity is a priority for the RCMP with a focus on preventing, detecting and deterring crimes that affect the Canadian economy. When working to battle financial crime the RCMP collaborates with partners both domestically and internationally, including government agencies, stakeholders and communities.

National Security

As Canada's national law enforcement agency, the RCMP has the primary responsibility for preventing, detecting, denying and responding to national security-related criminal threats in Canada in partnership with other police agencies and federal agencies to address national security investigations and concerns.The RCMP is mandated to investigate criminal offences acts arising from terrorism, espionage, cyber-attacks, nuclear security risks, foreign influenced activities, incidents involving the security of an Internationally Protected Person, the unlawful release of national security information and terrorist financing.

The Criminal Code of Canada, defines a "criminal organization" as a group, however organized, that:

(a) is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and,
(b) has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences, that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any one of the persons who constitute the group.

Protective Policing

Protective Policing is dedicated to delivering professional protective operations services that ensure the safety of our protectees and the security of Canadian interests. Our mandate consists of providing security and ensuring the safety of Canadian dignitaries such as the Prime Minister and the Governor General of Canada, as well as Internationally Protected Persons (IPPs), designated sites, Major Events, Consular Operations, and selected Canadian Air Carrier flights.

Criminal Intelligence

RCMP Criminal Intelligence (CI) is responsible for the development, coordination and distribution of criminal intelligence within Canada's national police force. Acting in support of policing operations on serious and organized crime, financial crime and national security, CI enhances the RCMP's ability to protect Canadians from current or emerging criminal trends by providing tactical and strategic criminal intelligence. The area of intelligence is integral to the day-to-day work of RCMP employees to combat crime both domestically and internationally.

The area of intelligence is integral to the day-to-day work of RCMP employees to combat crime both domestically and internationally.

Federal Operations Support Branch

Federal Operations Support Branch (FOSB) encompasses 14 units that provide expertise and essential support to all operational areas.  This includes:  the provision of air services consisting of both fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter; technical expertise to investigate computer crime including assistance with forensic analysis; oversight of the Federal Witness Protection Program and its application to high risk investigations requiring witness protection; all aspects of forensic evidence gathering through the Forensic Identification Unit, and 24 hour access to the RCMP through our Operational Communications Centre.

Community Outreach Program

Our Community Outreach teams make contact with various communities most affected by National Security investigations to build trust and provide information relating to national security concerns. 

To contact the GTA/Southwestern Ontario team email: ODiv_INSET_Community_Outreach@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Integrated Units

The O Division RCMP enhances its police operations by working closely with police partners and other law enforcement agencies for a safe and secure Canada. O Division integrated units are specialized RCMP-led units, consisting of multiple federal, provincial and municipal law enforcement agencies. Their efforts range from dedicated marine and border response, to highly skilled counterfeit and financial market experts. The support of our policing partners and the development of permanent multi-disciplinary teams contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts.

In addition to the INSET Units, O Division operations include the following integrated units:

Border Response Units
There are 16 teams across the country with five based in Ontario. These teams are joint-force law enforcement bodies harmonizing Canadian and U.S. efforts to target cross-border criminal activity and a need to enhance border integrity. The “O” Division teams are based out of detachments in Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Hamilton Niagara and Sarnia. [Read more]

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU)
A multi-partner agency operation specifically tasked with the mandate to expose, investigate, prosecute dismantle, and disrupt organized crime.

Cornwall Regional Task Force
This integrated unit, located in Cornwall, Ontario is comprised of members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, the Ontario Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Immigration Task Force (ITF)
This team is part of the GTA Serious & Organized Crime section and works closely with other police departments and partner agencies to apprehend high-risk migrant fugitives through teamwork and the effective use of intelligence. [Read more]

Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET)
INSET includes representatives of the RCMP, federal partners and agencies as well as provincial and municipal police services. This specialized team collects, analyzes and shares intelligence in order to detect, investigate and disrupt terrorist groups or individuals who pose a threat to Canada’s national security. [Read more]

Integrated Proceeds of Crime (IPOC)
These units bring together the skills, knowledge, and abilities of diverse groups of experts focused on identifying and dismantling money laundering operations that seek to disguise funds or assets in order to integrate them into the legitimate economy. The source of these funds is often derived from Canada's illicit drug trade, but can also originate from any crimes for profit, such as smuggling, human trafficking, and fraud. IPOC investigations are often international in scope, and result in the seizing and forfeiture of illicit wealth, and criminal prosecution.

Marine Security Emergency Response Team (MSERT)
Delivers emergency response team capabilities that are both land based and marine. Integrated with provincial and municipal partners, MSERT provides specific policing expertise which extends beyond those of normal policing resources.

Marine Security Enforcement Team (MSET)
These marine units patrol the Great Lakes with a mandate to enforce laws relating to national security, organized crime and other federal statutes.

Shiprider
An integrated operational approach to maritime law enforcement and security in shared waters (inland and coastal) between Canada and the U.S.  Shiprider vessels are jointly crewed by specially trained and designated Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard officers authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international boundary line.  This program provides a more efficient means of securing both sides of the border while respecting citizen’s rights and the sovereignty of each country.