“We take the profit out of the crime”
Superintendent Jeff Adam
- Proceeds of Crime Director, RCMP Headquarters
Anything bought with money generated by crime can legally be taken away. The RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime units hit criminals where it hurts them most: we seize their money, cars, boats, planes and houses. Such proceeds of crime undermine the social and economic well-being of Canadians while increasing the power and influence of organized criminals and their illegal enterprises.
“The only way you’re going to hurt the drug industry and organized crime is at the money source; money is always in action, invested for the next load; the money is the key; if you stop the money you stop the drug dealing in this country because without the money, you can’t put an operation together. You’re never going to dry up the demand, and you’re never going to dry up the supply; you’ve got to dry up the operations.” **
- Former convicted money launderer
Protecting Canada’s economic integrity and fighting organized crime are two of the RCMP’s strategic priorities. Strong links exist between financial crime and organized crime, and we know that criminals are using sophisticated techniques to launder money and hide their illicit profits. Proceeds of Crime is dedicated to finding ways to stop them.
The majority of Proceeds of Crime investigations are linked to organized crime. The IPOC (Integrated Proceeds of Crime) initiative’s goal is: to contribute to the disruption, dismantling and incapacitation of targeted organized criminals and crime groups.
Our goal is to dismantle criminal organizations and prevent them from regrouping.
“It [targeting proceeds of crime] is the number one tool that will break the back of organized crime and illegal drugs.”
Source: Evaluation 2005
The RCMP Headquarters Proceeds of Crime Branch in Ottawa is responsible for policy development, program planning, program monitoring, and resource allocation. This includes identifying areas of legislative weakness and pursuing statute amendments.
"Integrated”is IPOC ?
Organized crime is fluid and recognizes no borders. There’s no way to track or fight it alone. If you like teamwork and believe in intelligence-led policing, this is the place for you. Working with local, national and international partners, the RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Program operates as a major partner in the fight against organized crime.
“I’ve been with the Proceeds of Crime Program for 10 years now. From day one, the satisfaction of being able to "take the toys from the bad boys" and witness the tangible effect it has on the criminal element has remained the impetus for me to stay in the program. As I get close to retirement, I can honestly say they have been the most gratifying years of my career.”
Staff Sergeant Terry Lane
Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Proceeds of Crime
RCMP “B” Division
The RCMP is the lead agency responsible for daily operations and the management of each IPOC unit. Principal activities include:
“The more sophisticated the operation you bust, the more the message gets out that no matter how good a criminal you may be, the cops are better.”
Source: Integrated Proceeds of Crime Initiative Evaluation 2005
In July 2006, an Ontario Superior Court Justice concluded there was nothing unconstitutional in proceeds of crime legislation that requires criminals to forfeit profits they’ve made from crime, or to pay fines if those profits have disappeared.
"I enjoy the diverse nature of Proceeds of Crime work, from undercover operations, wiretaps, surveillance, interviewing suspects and following the organized crime money trail. It’s satisfying to seize, restrain and have forfeited the ill-gotten gains of criminal organizations because it has a real impact on their wallets. Working in Proceeds of Crime exercises all of your skill sets – the job isn’t about sitting behind the desk."
Inspector Doug Pott
Officer in Charge, Calgary Integrated Proceeds of Crime
Find out more: Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
“We were most worried about the police finding our money, because that’s where we’re most vulnerable. It was the only way you could stop me. For the first time in my life, I went to jail broke.”**
Former high-level money launderer following conviction and removal of his criminal assets
While an exact dollar amount can never be established, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that the total amount of money being laundered in the world could be in the range of 2-5 percent of world Gross Domestic Product (approximately $900 billion to $2.25 trillion Canadian dollars).
The Money Laundering Program operates as a partner in the Anti-Money Laundering/Anti-Terrorist Financing Initiative. It’s shared outcome is
"Contributing to the control and deterrence of money laundering, organized crime and terrorist financing activities."
** Evaluation of the IPOC Initiative for fiscal years 2001 to 2004 .
Prepared for: Policing, Law Enforcement and Interoperability., Public Safety Canada (PSC)
Prepared by: Consulting and Audit Canada, Project No.: 520-1074, February 2005 .
These quotations were taken from an interview with a former high-level money launderer, who purportedly renounced such a life following a lengthy conviction and removal of his criminal assets. He spoke to one of the IPOC units and allowed the interview to be taped.