Federal Policing Services
Our operational response is organized into five areas of priority:
Serious and Organized Crime
Organized crime groups and networks perpetrate crimes that threaten the safety and security of Canadians and the integrity of the economy. The organized crime landscape is constantly evolving, increasing in sophistication and complexity.
Organized crime in Canada ranges from street gangs with direct and visible impacts to local communities, to highly sophisticated networks with national and international operations.
Primary criminal activities of organized crime groups include illicit drug trafficking, financial crimes, human smuggling and trafficking, fraud, theft, and trafficking in contraband and counterfeit goods.
The Criminal Code of Canada, defines a "criminal organization" as a group, however organized, that:
- is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and,
- 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.
Financial crime has a significant negative impact on the integrity of a country’s economy. Criminal activities driven by the motivation for profit are far-reaching in scope and are not victimless.
Criminals and criminal organizations rely on the proceeds of crime to sustain and expand criminal enterprises, penetrate and corrupt legitimate business sectors and communities, and ultimately thrive by accumulating wealth.
Financial crimes may involve fraud, money laundering, market manipulation, theft, tax evasion, corruption, bribery, embezzlement, identity theft, counterfeiting and other criminal activities. Illegal economic activity either robs or diverts funds away from hard-working Canadians and can have longstanding negative effects on the legitimate economy.
The RCMP’s national security mandate is wide-ranging and includes national security criminal investigations, tactical and strategic intelligence, critical incident management, prevention, intervention and protective policing.
A range of threats fall under the under the national umbrella including terrorism, foreign-influenced activity, espionage, protection of critical infrastructure and counter-proliferation.
Terrorism is diverse, ranging from supportive efforts such as financing and recruitment, to planning and carrying out attacks. The RCMP’s current national security focus is on individuals mobilized to commit violence, including high-risk travelers (HRTs) seeking to travel abroad for terrorism-related activities, as well as individuals and groups with specific goals or plans to conduct ideologically or politically motivated attacks in Canada.
Members of a cybercrime team investigate the most significant threats to Canada’s political, economic and social integrity that would negatively affect Canada’s reputation and economy, and has the capacity to target cyber-related criminal activity targeting the federal government, national critical infrastructure and key business assets.
The RCMP Cybercrime Strategy identifies and prioritizes cybercrime threats through intelligence collection and analysis; pursuing cybercrime through targeted enforcement and investigative action; and supporting cybercrime investigations with specialized skills, tools and training.
Under this broad lens, cybercrime is broken into two categories:
- technology-as-target - criminal offences targeting computers and other information technologies, such as those involving the unauthorized use of computers or mischief in relation to data, and;
- technology-as-instrument - criminal offences where the Internet and information technologies are instrumental in the commission of a crime, such as those involving fraud, identity theft, intellectual property infringements, money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime or terrorist activities, child sexual exploitation or cyber bullying.
This program provides security services for the Governor General, the Prime Minister, ministers, judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, protected sites (e.g., Embassies), foreign dignitaries and Internationally Protected Persons, and ensures security for the proper functioning of major events and selected Canadian air carrier flights.
Support services for our operational units and priorities include:
The RCMP Criminal Intelligence (CI) program generates actionable intelligence for the purposes of advancing criminal operations and informing senior decision-making on threats, risks and opportunities. Employees within this program are 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, cybercrime and national security, CI enhances the RCMP's ability to protect Canadians from current or emerging criminal trends by providing tactical and strategic criminal data.
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) provide expertise and essential support to all RCMP O Division operational areas. This includes:
- Air Services consisting of fixed wing aircraft;
- Digital Forensic Services which provides technical expertise to investigate computer crime including assistance with forensic analysis;
- Federal Witness Protection Program and its application to high risk investigations requiring witness protection;
- Covert investigative techniques and personnel;
- Electronic Major Case Management to maintain and store investigative data, that adhere to one standard set of business rules;
- Forensic Identification Unit, which supports all aspects of forensic evidence gathering;
- Protective Technical Services which manages the Division’s mechanical and electronic security programs including locks and safes and intrusion, access control and rapid deployment alarms.
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.
O Division operations include the following integrated units:
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 (CRTF)
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.
The CRTF's mandate is to enforce the law along the controlled/uncontrolled borders; to gather intelligence, interdict the flow of contraband and conduct criminal investigations into related illegal activities. Other agencies supporting the CRTF include Public Prosecution Services Canada and Justice Ontario (Ministry of the Attorney General).
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.
INSET – Public Engagement Unit (INSET-PEU)
The INSET PEU is the public engagement branch of Ontario's regional Integrated National Security Team, based in Toronto. Its members work closely with local police of jurisdiction and various communities within the GTA and Southwestern Ontario. The goal of the INSET PEU is to build community relationships and establish trust with vulnerable groups to raise awareness of the threat to Canada’s national security and to assist communities in building resilience to violent extremism.
The PEU has recently been working on adopting a prevention framework that includes evidence-based research on understanding “personal resilience”. The unit works diligently to mobilize communities through the Police of Jurisdiction in support of community-led, police assisted initiatives.
For more information on their efforts read:
- Talking Terrorism: Resilience protects against youth radicalization
- The RCMP & Prime Minister's Youth Council agree: "personal resilience" is key to countering radicalization of youth
To contact the GTA/Southwestern Ontario team email: ODiv_INSET_Community_Outreach@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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.
Located in Windsor and Kingston, Shiprider is 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.
All of our teams are flexible and adaptable; aligning resources with priorities and the highest threats to achieve greatest impact. They 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 criminal elements.
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