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					                                                                  Organized Crime - Summer 2004



                        Organized Crime
                       Overview
                                                                   problem that ignores national
Quick Facts            Organized criminal activity in Canada       boundaries. The fact that some criminal
                       is a multi-faceted problem that requires    organizations have seemingly limitless
                       a broad-based, integrated approach by       resources and involve themselves in
• The RCMP’s           the country’s law enforcement               almost any illegal activity that turns a
  Organized Crime      agencies.                                   profit makes fighting them particularly
  Branch consists of                                               challenging.
  the Undercover       The RCMP works closely with its
  Operations Unit,     partners to combat organized crime in     To counter organized crime, the RCMP
  the Source           all of its forms.                         has tended to move from attempts to
  Witness Protection                                             shut down particular commodity areas,
  Unit and the         Definition                                such as the drug trade, counterfeit
  Organized Crime                                                goods or prostitution, to targeting
                       Organized Crime is one of five strategic criminal groups themselves. Tactical
  Program              priorities established by the RCMP. It    enforcement remains important, but the
  Development Unit.    is defined by Canada’s Criminal Code      emphasis is on prioritization in order to
                       as crime committed by any group of at     more effectively use resources.
• In 2002, Operation   least three people that has as one of its
  Green Sweep          main purposes or activities the           OMGs, Asian-based gangs and
  resulted in          facilitation or commission of one or      traditional organized crime groups top
  seizures of          more serious offences where the           the list of organized crime priorities.
  190,000              primary motive is profit.
  marihuana plants                                               In the face of these criminal
                       That definition encompasses a broad       organizations, multi-agency and multi-
  and the arrests of
                       spectrum of criminal groups including     jurisdictional responses are essential to
  more than 500        outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs)*,          sharing intelligence and can lead to
  people associated    Asian-, Italian- and East European-       better planning and coordination.
  with marihuana       based organizations, and networks of      Through programs and teams such as
  ‘grow houses’.       people trafficking in child               IPOC (Integrated Proceeds of Crime),
                       pornography, counterfeit credit cards or IBETs (Integrated Border Enforcement
                       illicit telemarketing or electronic mail  Teams) and IMETs (Integrated Market
                       schemes.                                  Enforcement Teams), the RCMP is
                                                                 banding together with domestic and
                       Countering Organized Crime                international partners to stop organized
                                                                 crime.
                       Organized crime is an international
                                                                 Organized Crime - Summer 2004



                         Organized Crime
Quick Facts
                       Front line officers play an important role   simplifies the definition of organized
• Between 2001 and     in the fight against organized crime by      crime, makes it an offence to impede
  2003, the RCMP       communicating intelligence to their          the administration of justice through
                       plainclothes counterparts. For instance,     intimidation and targets those who
  and partner
                       the Pipeline/Convoy/Jetway Program,          recruit others to join a criminal
  agencies made                                                     organization.
                       which trains general duty officers to
  more arrests of
                       recognize suspicious cargo, has proven
  OMG* members         to be especially useful in stopping the      Support for and from the public
  than in any          movement of illegal goods by criminal
  comparable period    organizations. One dedicated                 Youth, women, seniors, consumers,
  of time, and         interdiction team, the Saskatchewan          businesses ... the list goes on.
  effectively shut     High Volume Traffic Checkstop, Team          Organized crime puts almost all
  down entire          seized more than 830 kg of marihuana in      segments of Canadian society at risk.
  chapters of the      February 2003.                               RCMP Victim Services, established in
                                                                    1988 as part of the Crime Prevention
  Bandidos and
                       The RCMP also works closely with             and Victim Services Branch helps
  Hells Angels.                                                     those who fall prey to organized crime,
                       Criminal Intelligence Service Canada,
  More that 340                                                     people such as women forced into
                       which unites Canadian law enforcement
  individuals were     agencies in the fight against organized      prostitution and senior citizens who
  arrested and         crime by providing the necessary             have fallen prey to telemarketing fraud
  charged with         infrastructure for sharing intelligence      rings.
  crimes ranging       and promoting inter-agency cooperation.
  from participating                                                In its fight against organized crime, the
  in a criminal        New Powers of Enforcement                    RCMP also relies on the public’s help.
  organization to                                                   The RCMP’s Organized Crime Branch
  murder.              The creation of legislation such as the      is constantly working to increase the
                       Organized Crime and Law Enforcement          number of high-level informants it has
                       Act, provides Canadian law enforcement       inside criminal organizations. One way
• In May 2003, the                                                  those who are aware of organized
                       with new powers to further combat
  RCMP’s Drug          organized crime. These powers enable         crime can help to stop it is by picking
  Section seized       the RCMP to continue its efforts to          up the phone and calling their local
  about 1,360 kg of    counter organized criminal activities.       RCMP detachment.
  cocaine from a
  boat off the coast   In addition to providing more latitude       For more information, please visit
  of Costa Rica.       for undercover officers, the Act –           www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
                       passed by Parliament in early 2002 –

				
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