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ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAMS

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ABOUT ALERT

ALERT was established by the provincial government in 2006 to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to combat organized and serious crime. More than 300 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work together in teams to investigate everything from drug trafficking to child exploitation to gang violence. The strength of the ALERT model lies in the integration of members from various agencies who have expertise in intelligence, enforcement, and support services.

OUR POLICING PARTNERS

MEDICINE HAT POLICE

MANDATE: ALERT is the overarching umbrella organization of integrated, provinciallyfocused law enforcement activities that promote safe and secure communities in Alberta.

CALGARY POLICE

EDMONTON POLICE

LETHBRIDGE POLICE

RCMP

ALBERTA SHERIFFS

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ALERT brings together Alberta’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources and is an overarching umbrella organization of integrated, provincially-focused law enforcement activities that promote safe and secure communities in Alberta. In the 2015-16 fiscal year (April 1 – March 31) ALERT realized continued success by creating safer communities across Alberta. These achievements are exemplified by the following highlights: Alberta communities were made safer with 141 firearms seized as the result of organized crime and gang enforcement initiatives. ALERT was actively involved in violence suppression through drug enforcement making nearly 400 arrests and seizing $22 million worth of harmful drugs. Fentanyl investigations were prioritized and ALERT took nearly 10,000 of the deadly pills off the streets. ALERT’s enforcement activities are guided by intelligence-led policing and ALERT’s Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta acts as a central hub for strategic analysis and intelligence sharing. More than 5,851 operational intelligence queries were managed by CISA analysts. Child exploitation investigations continue to increase and ICE teams handled 740 investigations in the past year. One of those investigations was a proactive initiative, Operation ICE Storm, that led to the arrest of eight high-level targets. ICE collaborated with agencies from across the globe to rescue children from situations of sexual exploitation. In total 67 offenders were arrested. Eight problem properties that were being used for illegal activities related to drugs, gangs, and prostitution were closed. ALERT helps communities take back their neighbourhoods with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods legislation. ALERT’s Integrated Threat & Risk Assessment Centre assesses threats and develops risk reduction plans for domestic violence and stalking cases in Alberta. More than 200 threat and risk assessments were completed, based on referrals from police, government agencies, school boards, and universities.

Through integration with our six partner agencies, ALERT serves five distinct goals: 1

Promote intelligenceled policing;

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Disrupt and dismantle organized crime;

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Address complex community crime problems;

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Support vulnerable victims of crime;

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Provide law enforcement expertise.

ALERT supports law enforcement, government agencies, and other stakeholders by providing specialized training opportunities. Over 2,300 candidates received training across a spectrum of 39 distinct course offerings. The results achieved in 2015-16 were made possible by the support of the Alberta Government, specifically the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, Public Safety Canada, and our partner agencies: Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP. Since being formed in 2006, ALERT teams from across the province have made nearly 10,000 arrests, seized $590 million worth of dangerous drugs, and have taken 1,000 firearms out of the hands of criminals.


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MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD On behalf of the ALERT Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to present the 2015-16 ALERT Annual Report. On the following pages you will find a summary of ALERT’s efforts in creating safer communities across Alberta. ALERT’s integrated model plays such an integral role in the policing landscape in the province. Last year ALERT teams conducted over xxxx investigations in communities big and small. The reality is organized crime and gangs impact every community in Alberta. In the past year, ALERT’s investigation took them across the province including dismantling a potential drug lab in Beaumont; seizing an assault rifle from fentanyl dealers in Cold Lake; uncovering a massive child porn collection in Medicine Hat; arresting gang members in Grande Prairie; closing a drug house in Penhold; and rescuing a child from exploitation in Bonnyville. There are many more stories like this in the pages ahead. ALERT’s integrated teams are able to tackle complex investigations that span multiple jurisdictions. ALERT is able to apply dedicated resources and utilize a variety of specialized police techniques to disrupt and dismantle organized crime. In 2014-15, ALERT assisted 57 different agencies, including provincial law enforcement, government, corrections, universities, schools, and even international agencies. Since being formed in 2006, ALERT teams from across the province have made nearly 10,000 arrests, seized $590 million worth of dangerous drugs, and have taken 1,000 firearms out of the hands of criminals. ALERT was established by the Alberta Government, and in early into 2016-17 we received welcome news that ALERT will benefit from a funding increase. The budget

GARY McCAUIG Edmonton Police

DIANE COLLEYURQUHART Calgary Police

D. JEAN VALGARDSON Lethbridge Police

announcement reflects a strong commitment from the Alberta Government towards creating safer communities for all Albertans. I want to thank Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, the Honourable DON JOHNSON, CHAIR Kathleen Ganley Rural RCMP Municipalities and department staff for their dedication and support of ALERT. The funding increase allows ALERT to continue our pursuit of organized crime, and tackle serious crime related to gang violence, fentanyl trafficking, and child exploitation. The 2016-17 budget ensures ALERT can maintain a full complement of police officers working these types of investigations. ALERT applauds the funding commitment from the Alberta Government, and also recognizes the support from our policing partners within Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP. The integration of policing partners is integral to ALERT’s success. Finally, I want to applaud the ALERT officers and staff members. I continue to be amazed at their commitment, innovation, and professionalism. I truly believe some of the province’s best police officers work in ALERT, and I know they will continue to accomplish great things in 2016-17.

ROLF TRAICHEL Medicine Hat Police

BILL GIVEN Urban RCMP Municipalities

BILL SWEENEY Justice & Solicitor General


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STATS SUMMARY

2,429

456

charges laid

5,474,233

$

proceeds of crime

DRUGS SEIZURES BY REGION

people charged

22,003,444

$

drugs seized

665,706

$

Fort McMurray

346,447

$

Grande Prairie

70,992

cocaine grams

9,795

fentanyl pills

9,436,692

$

Edmonton

59,617

$

100,492

marijuana grams

8,684

10,915,991

$

Calgary

marijuana plants

238,719

$

Lethbridge

141

firearms

Red Deer

340,272

$

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PERFORMANCE MEASURES GOAL 1: INTELLIGENCE-LED POLICING Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2015-16

1,046

921

1,039

2,845

5,851

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2015-16

Number of charges laid

609

461

562

552

2,184

Number of people charged

114

94

84

89

381

Value of seized proceeds of crime

$1,169,382

$2,581,963

$1,157,127

$565,761

$5,474,233

Value of drugs seized

$ 8,122,669

$2,992,435

$7,841,991

Operational intelligence queries

GOAL 2: DISRUPT & DISMANTLE ORGANIZED CRIME

$3,046,349 $22,003,444

GOAL 3: ADDRESS COMPLEX COMMUNITY CRIME PROBLEMS Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2015-16

187

193

120

126

626

0

1

5

2

8

143

144

143

128

558

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2015-16

48

33

41

70

192

219

186

159

185

749

Number of self-generated ICE investigations

15

7

15

18

55

Number of persons charged by ICE

21

13

18

15

67

Number of charges laid by ICE

78

49

55

42

224

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2015-16

9

3

3

4

19

12

8

12

7

39

636

447

988

249

2,320

24

12

21

21

78

Number of SCAN complaints received Number of Community Safety Orders issued Number of SCAN complaints resolved

GOAL 4: SUPPORT VULNERABLE VICTIMS Number of threat risk assessments Number of new ICE cases

GOAL 5: PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTISE Number of ICE workshops delivered Number of ASLET courses offered Number of candidates trained Number of courses ASLET assisted


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INTELLIGENCE-LED POLICING

GOAL 1: Integrated, intelligence-led policing is supported by strategic and actionable intelligence on provincial and transnational organized and serious crime. ALERT’s enforcement activities are guided by intelligence-led policing. ALERT’s Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta acts as a central hub for strategic analysis and intelligence sharing on organized and serious crime in Alberta. ALERT links organizations responsible for intelligence gathering, criminal investigations, and provincial and federal law enforcement.

OPERATIONAL QUERIES 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

5,851 5,604 1,824 5,013 4,065

IDENTIFIED CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS Organized crime is defined as three or more persons committing serious or indictable offences (across a variety of criminal markets) for common profit.

138

2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14

106 131 117

INTELLIGENCE-LED POLICING A threat assessment developed by CISA in 2015-16, delved into serious and organized crime threats to the province. This assessment looked at numerous subjects of interest and criminal organizations and their involvement in a number of criminal markets affecting the province: drug trafficking, human trafficking, firearms trafficking, economic crimes, and other property crimes. CISA was able to strategically identify critical threats, and inform partner police agencies of these threats. CISA also continued to monitor and assess other emerging issues in more real-time, completing a number of intelligence reports, assessments, and crime bulletins that inform partner agencies.


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DISRUPT & DISMANTLE ORGANIZED CRIME

GOAL 2: Organized and serious crime in Alberta is reduced. Organized crime negatively impacts every city in the province and is a multi-billion dollar industry that threatens the well-being of our communities with drugs, gangs, guns, human trafficking, fraud, cybercrimes, etc. The largest organized crime groups operate in multiple jurisdictions, and require after-hours surveillance, wire-taps, undercover operators, and agents. These investigations are lengthy and require sophisticated police resources.

ARRESTS / CHARGES 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

381 503 609 572 534

2,184 2,761 2,172 2,013 1,518

DRUGS SEIZED (MILLIONS)

2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

$5.47 M $4.83 M $4.78 M $8.08 M $3.54 M

$77.46

2011-12

$55.31

2012-13 2013-14

PROCEEDS OF CRIME

$115.00

2010-11

$25.41 $48.51

2014-15 2015-16

$22.00

The value of drugs seized by ALERT has significantly decreased since peak levels in 2010-11. The decrease is attributable to changes to medicinal marijuana grow-op legislation. For instance, in 2010-11 $100 M worth of marijuana plants were seized, versus just $10.4 M in 2015-16.


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DISRUPT & DISMANTLE ORGANIZED CRIME GANG ARRESTS No community in the province is immune from gangs. Whether it was outlaw motorcycle gangs, cartel-connected groups, or criminal networks, ALERT aimed at dismantling and disrupting their activities. Members of the Surrey Boys gang were arrested in January. Two handguns and $180,000 worth of drugs were seized from the B.C. group, who were attempting to deal drugs in the Grande Prairie area. Former La Familia president Jose Monterrey was arrested again by ALERT for suspected drug trafficking and firearms offences in March. La Familia was a cartel-connected gang attempting to gain a foothold in Alberta before being dismantled by ALERT.

VIOLENCE SUPPRESSION ALERT was heavily involved in violence suppression initiatives in several communities. This was achieved through overt enforcement activities, and by cracking down on violent drug dealers involved in turf battles.

OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GROUPS In February, Hells Angels member Dominic DiPalma Jr. was arrested with two kilograms of cocaine. He pled guilty and received a six-year prison sentence.

This success was particularly evident in Fort McMurray. In response to an increase in gun violence during the summer months, ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP launched a comprehensive operation aimed at suppressing violence through drug enforcement. The combined effort resulted in the arrest of 19 drug dealers, execution of 6 search warrants, seizure of three handguns, and thousands of doses of harmful drugs removed from the streets.

The Hells Angels made news in July after three members were arrested in Greece on murder charges. Nick Dragich, Brent Koziak, and Dustin Swanson are currently awaiting trial in a Greek prison after the beating death of a Greek man in Corfu.

GUNS OFF THE STREETS In 2016 ALERT took 133 firearms out of the hands of criminals as part of organized crime and gang enforcement initiatives. The gun seizures included 50 handguns, 68 long rifles, and 23 shotguns.

Seven kilograms of cocaine were seized in Edmonton in April. The bust was connected to a Cold Lake investigation into the Dirty Few outlaw motorcycle club.

In August a weapons arsenal that included carbines, handguns, silencers, and thousands of rounds of ammunition was seized alongside $100,000 worth of drugs in Edmonton. One of the guns seized, a Glock

A Mexican cartel associated was extradited to the United States in May. Javier Batista Cervantes was arrested in Lethbridge for his role in cocaine importation into the U.S. and Canada.

FIREARMS SEIZED 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

141 197 149 78 39

handgun, was illegally converted to fully automatic. The principal target of the investigation, Tyson Willier, was previously charged with attempted murder. An AK-47 assault rifle from seized from the Calgary apartment in March. The fully automatic assault rifle was seized with two magazines containing 48 rounds of ammunition. More than $57,000 worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin were also seized. An arsenal of 13 rifles, three handguns, and five explosive charges caps were seized from a Lodgepole home in August. Investigators also located 20,000 prescription pills that were stolen from an Ontario pharmacy.


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DISRUPT & DISMANTLE ORGANIZED CRIME Firearms trafficking charges were laid in Medicine Hat after two carbine rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and $40,000 worth of drugs were seized. The firearms were fraudulently obtained in February and one of the guns had its serial number defaced. ALERT continued to see an increase in the number of stolen firearms. Two stolen handguns were recovered as the result of a drug raid in June at a Calgary home. In April two firearms, previously reported stolen from break and enters, were seized in a $400,000 Calgary drug arrest involving two brothers. RECORD DRUG SEIZURES Drugs are one of the primary commodities of organized crime. In 2015 ALERT seized $30.23 million worth of drugs and spared countless doses of harmful substances from being abused in Alberta communities. Drug activity harms a community in a variety of ways, including health costs, addiction, property crime, and drugrelated violence. One of the largest grow-ops in the province was found in Stettler in late October. Over 3,000 plants, valued

at $4 million, were seized. In May, a “grow-op on wheels” was discovered in an Edmonton warehouse. More than 150 marijuana plants were seized from a converted semi-trailer. Grow-ops remain a lucrative revenue stream for organized crime. In March a British Columbia man was arrested after ALERT intercepted a shipment of cocaine that was concealed in a vehicle outfitted with a hidden compartment. Rajwinder Gandham is believed to be affiliated to an organized crime group in the Abbotsford area. ALERT’s largest seizure of GHB, commonly known as the date-rape drug, was seized in June. Eight and a half litres of the drug were seized from an Edmonton home. In this instance, the GHB was being sold in water bottles and would be almost indistinguishable for the untrained eye. ALERT was also actively involved in disrupting the street-level sale of drugs. In June, 12 Medicine Hat meth dealers were arrested. The arrests came after community concerns related to violent incidents linked to the drug’s illicit trade.

TYPES OF DRUGS SEIZED Clockwise fromt top: Marijuana Plants (8,684) Cocaine (70,936 grams) Methamphetamine (22,984 grams)

$22.00 M

TOTAL VALUE

Marijuana (98,633 grams) Fentanyl (9,795 pills) Other Other drugs include: GHB, Buffing agent, Heroin, Hashish, Steroids, MDMA, Morphine, Ketamine, Cannabis resin, Illicit pills

EMERGENCE OF FENTANYL The biggest drug trend from the past year was the emergence of fentanyl. In order to combat fentanyl, ALERT prioritized these types of investigations and seized 10,000 of the deadly pills. ALERT’s largest fentanyl seizure of the year occurred in Fort McMurray. Nearly 3,000 fentanyl pills were seized as part of a $1 million drug bust that netted eight arrests. In southern Alberta, 500 fentanyl pills were prevented from hitting the Lethbridge streets in July. ALERT intercepted the shipment via a traffic stop. Six hundred fentanyl pills were seized from a Medicine Hat repeat offender in April. In December, ALERT seized four kilograms of the synthetic opioid W-18. W-18 is 100x times stronger than fentanyl four kilograms could have theoretically produced hundreds of millions of pills. In March, an Edmonton fentanyl trafficker was handed a six-year sentence. Oran Soanes was previously busted by ALERT with 700 fentanyl pills.


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MAKING CRIMINALS PAY ALERT and the Alberta Government’s Civil Forfeiture office hit criminals in their wallets in 2015. Over $1 million in cash and assets obtained by crime was forfeited civilly last year. A Grande Prairie home sold in February for in excess of $400,000 that was previously used to process cocaine. ALERT raided the home in October 2014 and arrested Mark Phillips. Phillips was handed a sevenyear sentence for the drug offences, and is currently awaiting trial for murder in a separate investigation. $45,000 cash seized from the Mexican drug cartel-connected group La Familia was successfully forfeited. Members of the group were arrested in December 2014 in Edmonton with 5 kilograms of cocaine and two highpowered assault rifles. Nearly $100,000 cash and five vehicles was seized from a cocaine trafficking ring that was active in Grande Prairie, Clarimont, Wembley, Sexsmith, and Edmonton. Eleven people were arrested in November. In total, ALERT seized cash, vehicles, homes, and other property that was acquired illegally through proceeds of crime, or was utilized to conduct criminal activity. ALERT’s largest cash seizure of the year came in January. More than $200,000 was found in a safe at the home of a suspected drug dealer.

LARGEST DRUG SEIZURES Stettler (October 29, 2015)

$4 Million

3,284 marihuana plants. Fort McMurray (June 3, 2015)

$1 Million

7.2 kilograms of cocaine; 2,908 fentanyl pills; 26.3 kilograms of marihuana; 198 grams of psilocybin; $23,150 cash proceeds of crime Airdrie(May 26, 2015)

$915,000

700 marijuana plants, semi-automatic handgun Edmonton (April 16, 2015)

$850,000

7 kilograms of cocaine; 11.4 kilograms of cocaine buffing agent; 567 grams of MDMA; 10 kilograms of marihuana; $6,365 cash proceeds of crime. Edmonton (September 15, 2015)

$585,000

1.47 kilograms of cocaine; 2.15 kilograms of crack; 655 grams of methamphetamine; 98 grams of heroin; 1.65 kilograms of hashish; 213 grams of marihuana; 46 grams of psilocybin; 24.8 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent; $55,710 cash proceeds of crime. Edmonton (February 26, 2016) 5 kilograms of cocaine.

$500,000


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HIGHLIGHTS BY REGION

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3

WEMBLEY: 11 drug dealers nabbed with nearly kilogram of cocaine and $100,000 cash.

FORT MCMURRAY: $1 million in cocaine and fentanyl seized in 18-month investigation

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BONNYVILLE: Eight guns, including, assault rifle seized from group of fentanyl dealers

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EDMONTON: Weapons arsenal seized from drug dealer awaiting murder trial

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EDMONTON: Clandestine lab investigation at property in Leduc County with chemicals seized

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STETTLER: $4 million grow-op shutdown; one of the largest in the province with 3,284 plants

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MEDICINE HAT: 12 meth dealers arrested following violent incidents linked to illict trade and usage

GRANDE PRAIRIE: Two handguns, $250,000 in drugs and cash seized from Surrey Boys

LODGEPOLE: An arsenal of 13 rifles, three handguns, and five explosive charges caps seized

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CALGARY: AK-47 seized alongside $57,000 worth of cocaine, meth, and heroin

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CALGARY: Prohibited handgun seized from drug dealer awaiting trial for murder

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LETHBRIDGE: Cartel-connected fugitive extradited to U.S. for role in cocaine importation

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ADDRESS COMPLEX COMMUNITY CRIME PROBLEMS

GOAL 3: Law enforcement officers are supported in their efforts to effectively and efficiently combat organized and serious crime. Policing partners routinely rely on ALERT’s expertise and skill when investigations stretch the capacity of even our province’s largest police agencies. ALERT’s mandate is purposely broad in order to remain flexible and adaptable in response to developing crime trends. Complex homicide investigations, emergency response situations, national security measures, have drawn upon ALERT resources in the past year. COMPLAINTS RECEIVED 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

626 498 436 305 307

COMPLAINTS RESOLVED 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

558 417 357 268 285

COMPLAINTS RECEIVED VS. RESOLVED

626 436 307

498

305

285

268

2011-12

2012-13

357

2013-14

417

2014-15

558

2015-16

SCAN received a record number of complaints in 2015-16 as more awarness has spread for the unique neighbourhood solution to problem properties.


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ADDRESS COMPLEX COMMUNITY CRIME PROBLEMS COMMUNITY SAFETY ORDERS

PENHOLD

2015-16 2014-15 2013-14

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SAFETY FOR NEIGHBOURHOODS SCAN responded to community complaints about drug activity by closing a Penbrooke Calgary home in December. CPS responded to the home nearly 100 times in the past two years, including a shooting and drug seizure. A Penhold home that has been a haven for drug activity was closed by SCAN in December. RCMP Innisfail had been called to the home, in the otherwise quiet cul-de-sac, 24 times in the previous eight months. A search warrant was executed at the property previously and an array of drugs and guns were seized. Following an investigation that dated back to November 2013, SCAN was successful in imposing conditions on Edmonton’s Royal Western Motel. The court ruled in October that in order for the motel to remain open they will have to now abide by several operating conditions. EPS had been to the motel for over 500 calls for service since the investigation began. In September, two search warrants were executed in Grande Prairie

following information provided to RCMP by SCAN. RCMP seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, and sawed-off shotgun. Total of three people arrested. Tenants of an Edmonton Alberta Avenue home were evicted thanks to SCAN’s intervention. In October, SCAN sent a warning letter to the property owners after the belief that a gang member was using the home to sell drugs. Community Safety Order granted for Calgary Pinewood home in November. All persons required to vacate property, except for the elderly owner. SCAN determined that prostitutes and

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DATE LOCATION JUN 18 37 St / Edmonton OCT 28 Royal Western / Edmonton NOV 20 Pinewood Dr / Calgary DEC 8 Penworth Dr / Calgary DEC 14 Heartland Cres / Penhold DEC 22 11 Ave SE / Calgary FEB 20 Templemont Way / Calgary MAR 8 Templemont Way / Calgary

drug addicts were taking advantage of the owner and made a referral to the CPS Elder Abuse team. A Community Safety Order was obtained for a home in Calgary Templemont in March. The home was been a sore spot for area residents for years. SCAN was able to obtain a court-order to evict a number of drug addicts staying at the home. SCAN provided EPS with information leading to a search warrant at a north Edmonton residence. Search warrant in January led to one of EPS’ largest ketamine seizure with 1.79 kilograms seized and two suspects arrested.


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SUPPORT VULNERABLE VICTIMS

GOAL 4: Law enforcement activities reduce harm and support safe Alberta communities. ALERT supports some of our province’s most vulnerable victims of crime by dedicating specialized resources and skill sets to handle the most extreme cases of domestic violence, stalking, schoolbased violence, child exploitation, and luring.

THREAT ASSESSMENTS 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

192 216 183 106 154

ICE INVESTIGATIONS 749 645 426

449

2010-11

2011-12

484

554

ICE ARRESTS / CHARGES 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

67 100 75 125 76

224 417 325 261 278

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

The number of ICE investigations has increased by 75% in a 6-year period. This number is on par with the national growth trend as the internet has enabled child sex offenders new methods for finding like-minded predators and children.


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SUPPORT VULNERABLE VICTIMS THREAT ASSESSMENTS ALERT’s Integrated Threat & Risk Assessment Centre assesses threats and develops risk reduction plans for domestic violence and stalking cases in Alberta, as well as provides expert advice and training about threat assessment, domestic violence, and stalking to police, government, and community agencies throughout the province. Last year, 192 threat and risk assessments were completed, based on referrals from police, government agencies, school boards, and universities. The threat assessments are commonly used in consideration for bail applications and sentencing hearings. In May I-TRAC helped launch Edmonton’s Community Threat Response and Intervention Support Protocol (C-TRISP) to share the details of an identified threat, to collaborate effectively, and to make use of a broad range of expertise in order to prevent and reduce imminent violence in schools and communities. PROACTIVE ICE INVESTIGATIONS Operation ICE Storm II was a proactive peer-to-peer investigation. The project concluded in September and netted 8 high-level targets who had

vast collections of child porn. Over 100,000 photos and videos of child sex abuse were identified within the 85 computers and electronic devices seized, representing 14 terabytes of information. Some of the victims in the photos are estimated to be as young as six months old and depict extreme sexual abuse. INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION In September, a referral from German state police of Baden-Württemberg led investigators to an expansive collection of child sex abuse videos in Medicine Hat. A 40-year-old Blackfalds man was charged for online child sexual exploitation offences allegedly

committed against a U.S. girl. The accused twice travelled to Pennsylvania to have sex with a 16-year-old girl he met online. In September a New Jersey high school teacher was arrested for online offences committed against a Calgary child. The accused sent payments to the child in exchange for sexually explicit images and video chats. A lengthy ALERT investigation with Ireland’s national police service has resulted in child sex tourism charges against a Fort McMurray man. The accused offended on an underage victim in Ireland.

700K+

1,765

225.8 TB

One of ICE’s largest-ever seizures involved 225,000 photos and videos seized from Medicine Hat

With advent of smart phones, ICE seizes an average of 6 devices per search warrant

Roughly equal to 56 billion sheets of paper, which stacked would measure 3,600 kilometers high.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS

EXHIBITS SEIZED

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SUPPORT VULNERABLE VICTIMS RESCUING CHILDREN A 35-year-old man from Bonnyville was arrested following allegations he distributed a nude photo of his young daughter. Zebra Centre for Child Protection assisted with providing support for the victim, following the April arrest. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation provided information on the case. A Church Pastor in Duffield was arrested in March. The pastor was allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old girl he met through a church social event. He was charged with luring. An Edmonton babysitter was charged with child exploitation offences in November. A referral from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre suggested the accused was sharing child pornography while babysitting. The subsequent media release helped identify additional potential victims. A Medicine Hat man was arrested for child luring and possession of child pornography in June. The accused lured children and convinced them to send sexually suggestive photos of themselves. In December, a Chestermere man was charged with luring after allegedly offending on a Calgary girl. EXPERT ADVICE Investigators conducted 20 specialized training workshops with partner agencies in relation to child exploitation investigations. For instance, ICE continues to work with Canada Border Services Agency to equip agents with the necessary skill set to detect and intercept child pornography.

DRUG-ENDANGERED CHILDREN ALERT enforcement teams intervened in numerous circumstances where children had become drugendangered. In a St. Albert home in November, five loaded handguns were found in a home being used to sell drugs. None of the handguns were being properly stored and there were six children living in the home. In August two St. Albert women were charged after ALERT found a considerable variety of accessible drugs in a home with two young children. Methamphetamine, cocaine,

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ketamine, GHB, diazepam, morphine, and psilocybin, were seized. Two Lethbridge women were charged in May after bringing a toddler along to a roadside fentanyl deal. ALERT prematurely concluded the investigation and intervened for the safety of the child, also seizing 27 fentanyl pills from the car.


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PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTISE

GOAL 5: Law enforcement officers possess an advanced level of expertise, skills and knowledge to effectively and efficiently target gang, organized and serious crime in Alberta. ALERT supports law enforcement, government agencies, and other stakeholders by providing specialized training in order to enhance the ability of officers to detect, disrupt, and dismantle organized and serious crime. ALERT serves police agencies from across the province to establish the highest provincial training standards. CANDIDATES TRAINED 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

2,320 2,052 2,700 2,305 1,602

COURSES OFFERED 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

36 41 40 47 30

COURSES OFFERED QUARTER 1 COURSES OFFERED Foundations of File Coordination Economic Org Crime Conference National Security Interview Workshop 36 2015-16 Surveillance Techniques Training Program 2014-15Techniques Training Program 41 Surveillance Human Trafficking Workshop 2013-14 40 Human Trafficking Workshop Intro to Major Case Management Workshop Human Source Management Course Rural Surveillance Statement Admissibility Conference E-Predicate & Limited Immunity Presentation

QUARTER 3 Hidden Compartment Workshop Search Warrant Workshop ASLET Asset Forfeiture Course Cyber Crime Summit Fentanyl Workshop ACJA Trauma Informed Justice System ACJA Trauma Informed Justice System ASLET Annual Homicide Conference Fentanyl Workshop Fentanyl Workshop Gangs and Ribs Symposium ITRAC: Training / Meeting

QUARTER 2 ITRAC L. Maaike Helmus Lecture Fentanyl Workshop Fentanyl Workshop Bill C-24 Law Enforcement Justification Drug Expert Workshop CFSEU - Training Day Search Warrant Drafting Course Osgood Prof Dev: Search & Seizure Webinar

QUARTER 4 Foundations of File Coordination ITRAC Training Day Search Warrant Drafting Course Biker 101 Expert Witness Testimony Organized Crime Course ITRAC: Training / Meeting

SPECIALIZED TRAINING ALERT provides specialized law enforcement training, not just for police officers, but works with NGOs, government officials, and crown prosecutors to equip them with the best resources for disrupting organized crime. In the last year 39 courses were held and ASLET facilitated 78 course offerings for outside agencies. A total of 2,320 candidates were trained in specialized topics such as source handling, major case management, search warrant drafting, and expert witness testimony.


ANNUAL REPORT

2015-16

19

ALERT

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

ANNUAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING (MILLIONS) ALERT was established in 2006 and is funded by the Alberta Government. ALERT received news that the 2016-17 provincial budget will include an operating budget increase to $29.1 million.

$39

$38

49.1M

$

$31

ALERT BUDGET

$29.1 $26.5

$24.5 $19.75

26.5M

$

PROVINCIAL FUNDING

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

ANNUAL GOVERNMENT FUNDED POSITIONS

14-15

15-16

16-17

POSITIONS BY AGENCY RCMP Provincial

99

268 Federal 29 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14RCMP 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 RCMP Municipal 20 2014-15 268 2015-16

281

2013-14

268

FUNDED POSITIONS

274

2012-13 2011-12 2010-11

261 258

Lethbridge Police

17

Edmonton Police

51

Medicine Hat Police

14

Calgary Police

45

Sheriffs

44

ALERT Corporate

24


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