Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – British Columbia
|Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - British Columbia|
|Motto||Consociati In Mandato
Allied in Mandate
|Formed||April 1, 2004|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Province of British Columbia, Canada|
|Constituting instrument||BC Police Act|
|Elected officer responsible||The Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and Attorney General|
|Agency executive||Chief Superintendent Kevin Hackett, Chief Officer - CFSEU|
|Parent agency||RCMP "E" Division|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) (formerly the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia ) was established in 2004 to facilitate the disruption and suppression of organized crime in BC and to support municipal police departments when public safety is deemed to be a priority. It is a part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) "E" Division Federal Business Lines that is mandated to provide support and investigation into complex and diverse criminal activities in BC. It is modelled after other CFSEU units across the country and is currently staffed by RCMP officers and seconded officers from all 11 municipal police forces and the Transit Police in British Columbia.
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - British Columbia is the province’s anti-gang agency. It is an integrated joint forces operation that develops and draws highly-specialized officers from federal, provincial and municipal agencies. This integrated approach enhances intelligence sharing, coordination and strategic deployment against threats of violence posed by organized crime groups and gangs in our province. Our police officers and civilian staff are highly motivated, progressive and known for developing groundbreaking methods and techniques. Being flexible and innovative in the way we pursue gangs and organized crime enables us to reduce the public safety threat on our citizens.
In 2004, CFSEU-BC was developed in consultation with the Provincial Government. The intent was to integrate the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, municipal police and the RCMP into one combined unit to coordinate the province’s response to the growing threat of organized crime and gang violence. In 2009, under the direction of the provincial and federal governments, CFSEU-BC expanded to include the Integrated Gang Task Force (Uniform Division, Firearms Enforcement Team, Investigative Team) restructuring of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Enforcement and Intelligence Unit, and the establishment of branch offices in Prince George covering northern B.C., and in Kelowna covering southeast B.C.
Headquartered in Metro Vancouver, CFSEU-BC is represented in all the main regions of the province with offices in Kelowna, Prince George, and on Vancouver Island. CFSEU-BC is made up of seconded police officers from the Abbotsford Police Department, Canada Border Services Agency, Central Saanich Police Service, Delta Police Department, New Westminster Police Department, Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, Port Moody Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Saanich Police Department, Transit Police, Vancouver Police Department, Victoria Police Department, West Vancouver Police Department. Other partners include the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia (OCABC). OCABC is a fully independent and designated police agency within the Province of British Columbia. All OCABC employees are fully integrated and are an integral part of CFSEU-BC.
Our investigators have been involved in a number of high-profile investigations including E-PINTLE which resulted in the convictions of Red Scorpion Jarrod Bacon and associate Wayne Scott and the guilty pleas of a number of United Nations members on cocaine conspiracy charges. E-NITROGEN led to the arrests of three men in connection with the Jonathan Bacon murder in Kelowna and E-PIXIE led to charge approval against two Hells Angels in an investigation into the murder of a Kelowna father. CFSEU-BC also led Project E-PAVID, which resulted in the discovery of an underground tunnel in Aldergrove used to transfer drugs between Canada and the United States while Project Blizzard involved 700 targets in one of the largest money laundering schemes in Canada.
As part of an integrated policing approach, CFSEU-BC had undergone undercover operations, seized firearms, illegal drugs, cash and provided support in the rescue of Graham McMynn, son of businessman Robert McMynn.
The primary mandate of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit is to expose, investigate, prosecute, dismantle, and disrupt organized criminal enterprises. The second mandate is to share intelligence with partners and to cooperate with, and assist other organized crime enforcement units at the national and international levels.
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