National Executive Committee Addresses Emerging Threats to Public Safety
Friday, in Quebec City, the National Executive Committee (NEC), the governing body of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada (CISC) and the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime (CIROC), held its annual meeting.
CISC is guided by the principles of integration, information sharing and being intelligence led, while CIROC seeks to operationalize criminal intelligence into the Canadian Law Enforcement Strategy. The NEC is comprised of the senior leaders of municipal, provincial and federal partners, representing its more than 350 member agencies.
At its annual meeting, NEC members reported on and furthered the progress of existing law enforcement initiatives, identifying emerging trends and setting enforcement priorities. The NEC approved the 2015 classified National Threat Assessment relating to serious and organized crime. Fourteen organized crime groups have been identified as the most entrenched and expansive criminal networks in Canada, involving international drug trafficking organizations, outlaw motorcycle gangs, money laundering service providers, and traditional organized crime.
While the law enforcement community continues to address the national security threat posed by terrorism through enforcement and disruption strategies, the NEC recognized that organized crime trends and issues similarly represent significant threats to the public safety of Canada.
One emerging threat to public safety is that of the illicit manufacturing and distribution of synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl, which, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, has resulted in hundreds, if not thousands, of overdoses and deaths in Canada in illicit circumstances. The NEC recognized that the threat posed by the illicit use of fentanyl is expanding eastward, facilitated by organized crime groups.
With the objective of continuing to aggressively address this phenomenon, the NEC endorsed the following:
- Supporting CISC’s focussed assessment of the threat of illicit manufacturing, distribution and use of synthetic drugs, particularly fentanyl, and dissemination of intelligence regarding the threat to the law enforcement community and partners;
- Focussed and coordinated enforcement against those organized crime groups exploiting synthetic drug distribution;
- Encouraging multi-sector communication and outreach to vulnerable sectors of our community who are at risk from illicit use of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs; and,
- Building support for prevention, enforcement and treatment initiatives at all levels of government, industry, health care providers and communities on the public safety threat represented by illicit distribution and use of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, and organized crime.
With the objective of continuing to pursue its goals of more effectively managing and sharing information, the NEC also passed two resolutions endorsing enhancement of and increased access to the national criminal information database.
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