ANNUAL REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013
Integrated policing. Safer communities.
CONTENTS Letter of Transmittal 1 Corporate Overview 2 Significant Achievements 5 Corporate Highlights 6 Intelligence 8 Enforcement 10 Support and Specialized Services 16 Training 22
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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL We are pleased to present the 2012-2013 Annual Report to the Community for the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), a unique made-in-Alberta model of integrated policing aimed at creating safer communities for all Albertans. Once again, our statistics and success stories show the value of this approach to tackling organized and serious crime. In every region of this province, our presence was felt as we shut-down drug trafficking networks and took more than $55 million worth of drugs off the streets. As has been the case for many years, marihuana and cocaine topped the list of drugs seized, followed by methamphetamine, ecstacy, and Oxycontin. Other drugs like heroin, synthetic cannabis, and steroids entered the scene this year and will be closely watched moving forward. In total, ALERT teams charged 697 people with 2,274 charges related to serious offences like drug trafficking, criminal organization, and child pornography. This represents a 31 per cent increase in number of people charged and a 50 per cent increase in charges laid over last year. Another way ALERT tackles organized crime is by hitting the criminals where it counts--in the pocket book. This year we seized more than $8 million in proceeds of crime, which represents a 128 per cent increase over last year. This statistic shows we are using the tools available to us to financially restrain the criminal activities of these groups. We will continue to use the civil forfeiture process to make it difficult for criminal enterprise to conduct business in this province. These results would not be possible without the support of the Government of Alberta, specifically the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, Public Safety Canada, and our partner police agencies: Camrose Police Service, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, RCMP, and Alberta Sheriffs. The end of this fiscal year was a challenging time for ALERT. We learned of a significant funding reduction which would see our operating budget cut by 20 per cent. In the short term, this threatened the viability of some programs within ALERT. However, with the dedication and support of our partners, we were able to find a way to secure ALERTâ€™s future with minimal impact to the overall organization. As you review the results in this report, you will see how ALERTâ€™s success is directly tied to creating a safer and more prosperous Alberta for all of our residents.
Ryan Jackson Chairman of the Board
E.D. (Ted) Miles Chief Executive Officer
ALERT Annual Report 2012-2013
TACKLING ORGANIZED AND SERIOUS CRIME IN ALBERTA 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. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work together in teams to investigate everything from drug trafficking to child exploitation to gang violence. The goal is to create even safer communities for all Albertans. Leading the way, the ALERT model is a first – the only central body for the strategic oversight and governance of provincial integrated policing in Canada.
OUR PARTNERS The success of this unique, integrated model of policing relies on the support and resources of ALERT’s eight partner agencies: Camrose Police Service, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs Program, and Alberta Justice.
ALERT’s corporate objectives are to: • provide a coordinated provincial focus to the strategic The strength of the ALERT model lies in the integration of members deployment of integrated law enforcement resources dedicated from various police agencies who have expertise in intelligence, to combating organized and serious crime; enforcement, and support services. This cooperative approach to • ensure fiscally responsible expenditures of financial resources policing has proven to be an extremely successful model, especially available to the company, including disbursing grant funding as the criminal landscape evolves and pushes beyond local and received from the Province of Alberta in accordance with a regional boundaries. comprehensive coordinated business plan; • promote the use of common, standard business practices and Funding for ALERT, including the cost of policing resources, is operating procedures in the investigation of organized and provided primarily by the Government of Alberta, with significant serious crime; contributions from the Government of Canada. Partner police • promote the practice of intelligence-led policing; agencies contribute a number of positions to the model at their • ensure consistency and thoroughness in reporting within the own expense. corporation on the activities of the integrated law enforcement resources dedicated to combating organized and ALERT is governed by a civilian Board of Directors, a Provincial serious crime; and Executive Committee, a Joint Management Team, and an • do anything reasonably ancillary and incidental to the carrying operational management team. The Board of Directors provides out of the objects described above. local representation from jurisdictions throughout Alberta, while the Provincial Executive Committee and Joint Management Team represent municipal, provincial, and federal policing interests.
OUR TEAMS ALERT teams operate throughout Alberta, in rural and urban areas. They provide a coordinated response to the complex and sophisticated business of organized crime across the province. This means that every community, large or small, has access to a spectrum of specialized law enforcement resources. CISA Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta CISA acts as a central hub for strategic analysis and intelligence sharing on organized and serious crime in Alberta. CISA links organizations responsible for intelligence gathering, criminal investigations, and provincial and federal law enforcement. CFSEU Combined Forces Special Enforcement Units CFSEU teams investigate, disrupt and dismantle organized and serious crime, such as drug trafficking and gang activity. The teams are made up of highly skilled investigators who often conduct long-term, in-depth, undercover operations that have a significant impact on reducing crime in our communities. Green Teams ALERT has two Green Teams investigating and dismantling marihuana grow operations in the northern and southern regions of the province. Marihuana is often a major source of revenue for organized crime groups. By targeting and shutting down these illegal operations, ALERT has a direct impact on a groupâ€™s ability to fuel other criminal activities. SCAN Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods SCAN promotes safe communities by targeting and shutting down properties that are regularly used for illegal activities related to drugs, gangs, prostitution, and child exploitation. Provincial SCAN legislation empowers citizens to take back their neighbourhood by reporting problem properties. SCAN supports partner law enforcement agencies by targeting commercial or residential properties that are often a hugely disproportionate drain on police time and resources.
ICE Internet Child Exploitation units ICE investigates the sexual exploitation of children through the Internet and works to reduce harm through public education and prevention programs. ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism. IFAU Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Units IFAU, formerly known as FASST, tracks, locates and arrests criminals who are wanted on outstanding warrants in Alberta and have previously evaded capture. IFAU ensures the process of apprehending fugitives is intelligence-led and that tracking efforts can seamlessly cross jurisdictions. I-TRAC Integrated Threat and Risk Assessment Centre I-TRAC 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. I-TRAC is also equipped to respond to various threats and acts of targeted violence, including domestic and non-domestic related cases. ASLET Alberta Specialized Law Enforcement Training ASLET supports police by providing specialized training to enhance the ability of officers to detect, disrupt, and dismantle organized and serious crime in Alberta. ASLET courses are continuously evolving to keep current with the fields of criminal intelligence and investigation.
GOVERNANCE ALERT is governed by a civilian Board of Directors, a Provincial Executive Committee, a Joint Management Team, and an operational management team. The Board of Directors provides local representation from jurisdictions throughout Alberta, while the Provincial Executive Committee and Joint Management Team represent municipal, provincial, and federal policing interests.
ALERT Board of Directors. From left to right: Don Johnson, Diane Colley-Urquhart, Ryan Jackson, Arlene Yakeley, and Bill Meade. Missing: Liz Iwaskiw and Bill Given.
ALERT BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ryan Jackson, Medicine Hat Police Commission (Chairman) Diane Colley-Urquhart, Calgary Police Commission Liz Iwaskiw, Lethbridge Regional Police Commission Arlene Yakeley, Edmonton Police Commission Donald Johnson, Rural RCMP policed communities Bill Given, Urban RCMP policed communities Bill Meade, Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security JOINT MANAGEMENT TEAM Inspector Colin Catonio, Lethbridge Regional Police Service Deputy Chief Danielle Campbell, Edmonton Police Service Chief Superintendent Marlin Degrand, RCMP, “K” Division Superintendent Ted Miles, ALERT Inspector Tim McGough, Medicine Hat Police Service Deputy Chief Murray Stooke, Calgary Police Service
PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan, RCMP, “K” Division Chief Rick Hanson, Calgary Police Service Chief Rod Knecht, Edmonton Police Service Chief Andy McGrogan, Medicine Hat Police Service Chief Tom McKenzie, Lethbridge Regional Police Service ALERT OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAM Superintendent Ted Miles, Chief Executive Officer Inspector Dan Konowalchuk, OIC, Regional Combined Forces Special Enforcement Units Inspector Gerry Francois, OIC, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit—Calgary Inspector Dave Elanik, OIC, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit—Edmonton Dave Maze, Director, Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta Bob Andrews, Director, Provincial Support & Specialized Services Lee Newton, Director, ALERT Corporate Services
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS GOAL 1 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The number of new cases received by I-TRAC
The number of threat risk assessments completed by I-TRAC
The number of assists provided by SISU to law enforcement agencies in Alberta
The number of complaints received by SCAN units
The number of complaints resolved by SCAN units
The number of new child sexual exploitation cases investigated by ICE units
New sources developed and debriefed Intelligence-related products developed and disseminated for both strategic and tactical use Actionable intelligence packages submitted to enforcement units
GOAL 2 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The number of charges laid as a result of ALERT enforcement activities The number of persons charged as a result of ALERT enforcement activities The approximate value of seized or restrained proceeds of crime as a result of enforcement activities The number of ACIIS uploads as a result of intelligence gathered through enforcement activities Estimated street value of drugs seized
GOAL 3 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The number of persons arrested on outstanding warrants by IFAU The number of outstanding warrants cleared by IFAU
GOAL 4 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The number of persons charged by ICE units The number of charges laid by ICE units The number of targeted news releases distributed by ALERT
GOAL 5 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The number of integrated courses offered through ASLET The number of candidates who received training from ASLET
*NOTE: There was an error found in the 2011-2012 Annual Report relating to the dollar value of cocaine seized. As a result, the total dollar value of drugs seized for the 2011-2012 year has been revised in this report.
CORPORATE HIGHLIGHTS MANDATE
Integrated, intelligence-led policing is supported by strategic and actionable intelligence on organized and serious crime in Alberta.
Provide a coordinated provincial focus to the strategic deployment of integrated law enforcement resources dedicated to combating organized and serious crime; Ensure fiscally responsible expenditures of financial resources available to the company, including disbursing grant funding received from the Province of Alberta in accordance with a comprehensive coordinated business plan; Promote the use of common, standard business practices and operating procedures in the investigation of organized and serious crime. Promote the practice of intelligence-led policing; Ensure consistency and thoroughness in reporting within the corporation on the activities of the integrated law enforcement resources dedicated to combating organized and serious crime; and Do anything reasonably ancillary and incidental to the carrying out of the objects described above.
The 2012-2013 fiscal year saw ALERT Corporate Services continuing to support and meet the logistical needs of teams across the province, while also focusing on improving efficiency where possible.
While managing these special projects, the unit also continued to provide regular support to ALERT teams around the province, including adding the new regional teams to the ALERT network and clearing 2,402 help desk tickets.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Information Technology (IT) Services had a productive year, working on improved security and asset management.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Information Management automated several internal processes and numerous forms, creating further efficiencies for ALERT units. This includes new ASLET training forms which automatically feed into a database, and a CISA target sheet that can be imported into spreadsheets to better evaluate the data. The unit also completed a new client request form for I-TRAC that auto-populates data as the person completes the document. This not only reduces work for the requesting agency but also streamlines the threat assessment process internally.
To further secure the integrity of the ALERT information network, IT Services installed new servers in Edmonton and Calgary. The unit also negotiated new vendors for the supply of IT hardware and software, resulting in cost savings of approximately 30 per cent for all future purchases. All existing hardware was inventoried during this fiscal year, and a new tracking system for IT equipment and specialized operational equipment was implemented. This system will help ALERT to better manage its assets and to ensure members have the appropriate equipment to be successful in their roles. IT Services also carried out a complete evergreen project during this fiscal year, replacing all hardware that was no longer under warranty.
The implementation of iBase continues, with access for all ALERT analysts expected by the second quarter of 2013-2014. Historical investigative databases are being updated to allow for a smoother import of investigative entities into iBase. Information Management also provided a roadmap for the development of CFSEU-Calgaryâ€™s Information Management Centre (IMC). This included sharing training, standards and processes for the IMCâ€™s successful implementation.
Information Management was also responsible for the creation of‘People Tracker,’ a replacement human resources database, which will be implemented April 1, 2013. This new system will allow for more accurate tracking of members within ALERT, which will improve the invoicing process between ALERT and its partner agencies. In light of the provinicial government’s withdrawal of funding for the Alberta Police Integrated Information Initiative (API3), Information Management began a review process to determine the best option for a records management system for ALERT. FLEET SERVICES Early in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Fleet Services began a full review of the ALERT vehicle fleet to ensure the most appropriate use of resources, and to identify possible opportunities for cost savings. This review included a full accounting of the number, type, and location of all vehicles. Once the review was completed, Fleet Services identified a number of opportunities to maximize existing resources and reduce expenses through the reallocation or elimination of leased vehicles, along with the sale of aged ALERT-owned vehicles. ALERT worked with its insurance broker to identify a new insurance company for its vehicle fleet. This process identified a new insurer that is able to offer a premium reduction of approximately $400 per vehicle annually. Fleet Services also worked with vendors to reduce the average vehicle lease cost by approximately $1,200 per vehicle per year. To meet the vehicle needs of CFSEU teams in Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge and Red Deer, Fleet Services identified vehicles for reassignment and was able to accommodate the teams’ needs without adding to the existing ALERT fleet. Fleet Services also worked to streamline processes by centralizing a number of fleet administration duties, including mileage reporting, covert vehicle registration, and data entry. COMMUNICATIONS The Communications Unit made significant progress towards its goal of enhancing internal communications with members of ALERT over the last year. It developed and distributed new products aimed at improving internal employee communications, including a quarterly snapshot document that provides an overview of ALERT’s results and success stories to all ALERT members, and monthly team profiles. As well, a staff e-news product was launched to allow for regular email communication with ALERT members. The unit also began
work on the development of a staff intranet product, which will better connect members province-wide. As part of its ongoing media relations program, the Communications Unit issued a total of 73 news releases, which generated more than 400 news reports referencing ALERT throughout the year. Communications also worked with police partners around the province on joint news releases and managed dozens of media interviews and news conferences to promote the work of ALERT and its partners around the province. ALBERTA SPECIALIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING (ASLET) Over 2,305 people received training through ASLET during the 2012-2013 year. ASLET hosted a record number of courses--47 in total--aimed at further increasing the knowledge and skills of ALERT and partner agency members. Highlights for the year included an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) workshop held in May, which attracted 148 delegates. The workshop provided attendees with a better understanding of the OMG world and how to deal with OMG members, as well as trends in OMG activity in Alberta. In the second quarter, ASLET presented a course on the criminal element within Alberta’s Central/East African community for the first time. It was attended by 111 candidates and included trends, case studies, and best practices from Alberta and across Canada. In November, ASLET hosted the annual Homicide Investigators Conference in Red Deer where 281 participants from across western Canada gathered. As part of ALERT’s ongoing efforts to develop strong managers and future leaders, ASLET provided leadership training in both Calgary and Edmonton during the year. A number of ALERT members honed their management skills during a two-day interactive “Coaching for High Performance” workshop. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Facilities Management continues to meet the day-to-day needs of units housed in the Edmonton West Campus facility and was responsive in addressing the needs of teams that evolved throughout the year. This included the development of an emergency response plan, work on occupational health and safety, and several adjustments related to the ongoing integration of intelligence and enforcement officers within CFSEU-Edmonton. Facilities Management also worked to accommodate partners leasing space in the building, including the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP. This entailed layout modifications and the purchase and setup of new furniture.
INTELLIGENCE-LED POLICING Strategic analysis and intelligence sharing are the cornerstones of success in fighting organized crime. ALERT promotes an integrated, intelligence-led approach to combating this issue by bringing together intelligence and enforcement teams to share information and work closely on organized and serious crime investigations around the province.
GOAL 1 Integrated, intelligence-led policing is supported by strategic and actionable intelligence on organized and serious crime in Alberta.
Promote intelligence-led policing through the coordinated collection and analysis of information and the development of strategic and tactical threat assessment products. Develop new and enhance existing intelligence sources. Ensure timely and accurate information sharing with Alberta law enforcement partners. Support the development and use of provincial and national intelligence data management systems. Promote the use of common, standard business practices and operating procedures in the investigation of organized and serious crime.
GOAL 1 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Total number of ACIIS entities
Total number of associations (links between ACIIS entities)
New sources developed and formally debriefed Intelligence related products developed and disseminated for both strategic and tactical use Actionable intelligence packages submitted to enforcement units
ACIIS STATISTICS Number of maintenance transactions Number of ACIIS users Number of new records added Number of projects added
CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE ALBERTA (CISA) CISA serves as a central hub for analysis and intelligence sharing on organized and serious crime in Alberta. The 2012 – 2013 fiscal year was a period of significant change and growth for CISA. This year, CISA hired a new Provincial ACIIS Program Coordinator, Operational Coordinator, and created a CISA Regional Analyst position in collaboration with the Calgary Police Service. CISA developed a new regional approach to its processes and assigned members of the CISA Analytical Team to one of five identified regions of the province. These regions currently are Calgary, Edmonton, Central District, Northern Alberta, and Southern Alberta. This new model has allowed CISA to develop stronger relationships in each of the regions and provincially. It also allows CISA the capacity to maintain projects, bring environmental scanning into the Provincial Threat Assessment (PTA) process, establish quarterly reporting on organized crime trends, and update PTA submissions with significant changes.
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highlighted and recommended action on the 2012 White Boy Posse PTA assessment to disrupt its criminal operations; established the Alberta Provincial Analyst Workshop to exchange lessons learned and best practices amongst the Alberta analytical community; led the implementation of the Canadian Law Enforcement Strategy in Alberta; established a formal provincial priority setting process for Alberta law enforcement through the PTA process; developed new mission, vision and values statements in support of a new regional model to enhance how CISA approaches threat assessment processes in Alberta and its relationship with our partners; implemented an organized crime quarterly reporting process to improve the sharing of information and intelligence; and enhanced partnerships with Service Alberta, Canada Correctional Services, University of Alberta Security Services, and the Blood Tribe Police.
CISA Information Facilitators provide tactical support to frontline officers and specialized law enforcement units, as well as administrative background investigational support through the data mining of 26 various databases in Alberta. They also upload For the first time, CISA was successful in developing a PTA process information and intelligence into national databases for sharing that was used to establish provincial priorities for targeting. These purposes and disseminate bulletins and other officer safety recommended priorities will be used as a guide for operational and documentation in support of the law enforcement community. intelligence resources in their efforts to target organized crime in Alberta. The process is also the first major step in implementing Over the past year, the two CISA Information Facilitators have: the Canadian Law Enforcement Strategy on Organized Crime in • queried 30,000 names, addresses, and businesses on behalf of Alberta. investigators; • managed 1,673 administrative information requests Other highlights from the year include: (background and security checks on potential and existing • established of western provinces bureau meetings to facilitate employees); the exchange of information on organized crime groups • managed 3,340 operational information requests; interprovincially; • disseminated 1,401 bulletins/reports on behalf of various • created the 2012 Assessment of Sovereign Citizens /Freeman agencies to Alberta law enforcement agencies; and movement and its risk to Alberta; • uploaded 2,283 documents to the National Crime Databank.
TARGETED ENFORCEMENT Organized crime is directly tied to much of Albertaâ€™s serious and violent crime. By targeting organized crime groups, ALERT can significantly lower rates of victimization related to drugs, weapons and fraud offences. Integrated policing is one of the most effective ways to battle this problem because it encourages and fosters collaboration between seasoned investigators, intelligence officers, analysts and experts.
Organized and serious crime in Alberta is reduced.
Direct and coordinate enforcement efforts targeting priority criminal groups and persons involved in gang, organized and serious crime. Disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations through advanced policing techniques and dedicated resources. Prepare and share police information reports in a timely fashion on information gathered through enforcement activities. Provide expertise and assistance to other law enforcement agencies in coordinating an integrated investigative response to organized and serious crime issues in the community. Work in collaboration with partners to implement the Alberta Gang Reduction Strategy. Promote the use of common, standard business practices and operating procedures in the investigation of organized and serious crime.
PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The number of charges laid as a result of ALERT enforcement activities The number of persons charged as a result of ALERT enforcement activities The approximate value of seized or restrained proceeds of crime as a result of enforcement activities The number of ACIIS uploads as a result of intelligence gathered through ALERT enforcement activities Estimated street value of drugs seized
SUMMARY OF SEIZURES Cocaine (grams) Ecstasy (tablets) Marihuana (grams) Marihuana (plants) Psyllosybin (grams) Methamphetamine (grams) Khat (grams) MDMA (grams) Morphine (tablets) Oxycontin (tablets) Oxycodone (tablets) Percocet (tablets) Heroin (grams) Hashish (grams) Hashish oil (grams) Gamma Hydroxy Butarate (GHB) (ml) Ketamine (tablets) Benzocaine (grams) Fentanyl (tablets) LSD (tablets) Synthetic cannabis (grams) Steroids (tablets) Steroids (injectable vials) Human Growth Hormone (injectable vials) Hydromorphone (tablets) Demoral Meperidine (tablets) Lorazepam Weapons (firearms) Weapons (other)
29,175 21,077 655,530 100,615 378 581 180 1,811 203 3,965 58 741 1,230 525 52 25
72,243 20 185,364 57,341 832 1,203 676 273 33 1,800 3 27 70 18 2,100 2 200 12 39 24
40,666 1,856 267,570 36,306 157 7,582 8,284 1,819 642 2,080 379 12 160 756 3,000 134 4 36,400 26,200 952 776 375 296 55 78 46
3,682,409 33,950 3,872,315 44,609,500 1,424 764,705 82,841 61,400 13,060 191,065 7,580 160 129,060 11,974 6,000 1,750 40 1,268,300 62,595 110,025 388,000 7,500 5,920 650 n/a n/a $55,312,223
TOTAL estimated street value
GOAL 2 - RESULTS BY REGION CFSEU-Calgary CFSEU-Edmonton CFSEU-Grande Prairie CFSEU-Lethbridge CFSEU-Medicine Hat CFSEU-Wood Buffalo
SUMMARY OF SEIZURES - RESULTS BY REGION CFSEU-Calgary CFSEU-Edmonton CFSEU-Grande Prairie CFSEU-Lethbridge CFSEU-Medicine Hat CFSEU-Wood Buffalo
# of charges laid
# of persons charged
value of seized property
street value of drugs
397 418 180 282 550 186
90 110 70 75 174 53
$4,676,199 $1,451,521 $59,000 $184,897 $121,775 $1,583,906
$26,954,820 $24,472,021 $184,765 $352,831 $337,075 $3,010,709
18,668 10,203 1,055 1,581 2,029 7,130
15,688 239,367 1,518 6,004 4,144 849
20,501 15,688 60 54 3 -
7 33 6 2 23 7
COMBINED FORCES SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNITS (CFSEU)
led to the arrest of four men and two women. Investigators seized 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, 4,000 ecstasy tablets, 15 grams of marihuana, three firearms, and nearly $19,000 cash. The accused are charged with a number of counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, firearms trafficking and weapons offences.
ALERT CFSEUs investigate, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations consistent with regional, provincial, national, and international priorities. They also support other law enforcement agencies by assisting in organized and serious crime investigations. CFSEU teams include intelligence analysts and investigators who CFSEU-Lethbridge hit the ground running, working with the specialize in major investigations, gang and drug enforcement, and Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS) on three significant dismantling marihuana grow operations. busts, when the team was launched at the start of the first quarter. CFSEU teams are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer. These teams provide support to cities and towns throughout Alberta to ensure both rural and urban communities have equal access to these specialized law enforcement services. Lethbridge and Red Deer CFSEUs were the last two teams to be added to the model, both launching during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Together, the CFSEUs were responsible for taking more than $55 million worth of drugs off the streets in Alberta during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. They made significant progress towards dismantling organized crime groups with targeted investigations in both rural and urban communities. 2012-2013 HIGHLIGHTS At the start of the first quarter, CFSEU-Calgary wrapped up a three-month investigation targeting an organized crime group operating in Calgary. Three search warrants were executed at residential properties and four men were arrested. Cocaine and ecstasy with a combined street value of approximately $46,000 were seized from one of the properties. Investigators also found more than $36,000 cash, a small amount of marihuana and magic mushrooms, drug paraphernalia, and 9mm ammunition and magazines.
In one instance, the team concluded an investigation with charges against two people after searches led to heroin, cocaine, drug trafficking paraphernalia, a knife and an assault-style rifle. It was the first time Lethbridge police found heroin being dealt at the street level. In another case, CFSEU-Lethbridge and LRPS busted a drug trafficking ring. Eleven people were charged after police recovered cash, cell phones, cannabis, narcotics, and other trafficking material from a Lethbridge home. CFSEU-Medicine Hat, in partnership with the Brooks RCMP Detachment, concluded a large-scale drug trafficking investigation in Brooks and Medicine Hat at the end of May. During the threemonth operation, investigators targeted an organized crime group believed to be trafficking drugs in the area. Search warrants were executed on five residences in the town of Brooks and two in the city of Medicine Hat. As a result, 21 people, all residents of Brooks and Medicine Hat, were charged with numerous drug-related offences. CFSEU-Edmonton began the second quarter with another significant seizure – over $1 million in methamphetamine and cocaine. On July 8, the team executed two search warrants in Edmonton and one in Strathcona County. In total, 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, 7.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and1,000 Oxycodone tablets were found. As well, investigators located a hydraulic press, signaling the trafficking operation’s high level of sophistication. Three men were charged with numerous offences. In early August, CFSEU-Lethbridge and LRPS worked together to shut down a dial-a-dope operation involving the trafficking of heroin and Oxycontin. As a result, two Lethbridge residents who were known to police were charged with drug trafficking offences.
CFSEU-Edmonton started the year with a big assist to Wood Buffalo RCMP Drug Section. An investigation into a drug trafficking operation with ties to Fort McMurray, Edmonton and Vancouver
CFSEU-Calgary and the RCMP Integrated Proceeds of Crime unit worked together in October to shutter a sophisticated organized crime group believed to be trafficking drugs between Calgary and British Columbia’s lower mainland.
eight counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one Search warrants were executed at eight separate locations and investigators seized 2.7 kilograms of cocaine worth about $270,000, count of proceeds of crime over $5,000. one kilogram of marihuana worth about $10,000, one handgun, one A week later, CFSEU-Wood Buffalo continued its crackdown on shotgun, and one conducted energy device. drug trafficking with another cocaine seizure and charges against three men. The team executed two search warrants, with help from A proceeds of crime restraint order was granted and registered the local RCMP detachment, and located 563 grams of cocaine and against a $1.5 million property in Rocky View, Alberta. In addition, 20 grams of marihuana. Drug trafficking paraphernalia and $4,000 investigators seized approximately $166,000 cash, jewelry worth cash were also found. The men are charged with possession for over $18,000, and seven vehicles worth roughly $110,000 in total. the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. During the fourth quarter, CFSEU-Medicine Hat charged one woman following an investigation into the trafficking of synthetic marihuana, a product often sold as a legal alternative to marihuana. Over 100 charges were laid against several people, including criminal organization offences, conspiracy, drug trafficking, firearms, laundering and possession of proceeds of crime. In response to escalating violence and concerns for public safety, CFSEU-Edmonton worked in partnership with the RCMP Major Crimes unit to investigate gang involvement in three homicide cases in eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan. A large-scale investigation into an organized crime group was initiated. As part of this investigation, the team seized a kilogram of cocaine and a significant amount of ammunition from one accused. Four men were charged with first-degree murder in early December. CFSEU-Wood Buffalo wrapped up the third quarter with several significant seizures, taking over $1 million in drugs off the streets. Two men were charged after police conducted a search warrant at a Fort McMurray residence and found over three kilograms of cocaine, ecstacy, GHB, marihuana, hashish, presecription pills, and anabolic steroids in various forms. Drug trafficking paraphernalia, $46,000 cash, and a vehicle were also seized.The men each face
The team began an investigation into a product sold at a local retailer under the name â€œSpirit 4:20 Premium Herbal Incenseâ€?. Investigators had the product analyzed by an RCMP laboratory and it was found to contain a banned substance. About 50 packages of Spirit 4:20 were seized. The business owner was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking a controlled substance. CFSEU-Calgary ended the year on a high note when it seized 12 kilograms of cocaine worth over $1 million as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. Investigators also seized $291,000 cash from a Calgary residence. A 31-year-old Calgary resident is charged with two counts each of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime. CFSEU-Grande Prairie laid 27 charges related to break and enter, drug trafficking, and firearms offences following a two-month investigation that began in early January when police were notified of suspicious activity at a storage facility. Two Grande Prairie men were charged with attempted break and enter, with one of them also facing a charge of resisting arrest. Following these arrests, the team executed search warrants on the storage locker the men were attempting to break into, as well as a south side apartment. Investigators located over half a kilogram of cocaine, a .50 calibre handgun, a .22 calibre handgun, a silencer, a .380 ACP handgun, a sawed-off .410 shotgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, and a bullet resistant vest. A Canada-wide warrant was then issued for the arrest of a 29-year-old Grande Prairie resident wanted in connection with this case. He was arrested on March 1 by Deer Lake District RCMP in Newfoundland and returned to Grande Prairie to face charges.
CFSEU-Wood Buffalo wrapped up the year with a large synthetic marihuana trafficking investigation. In total, 2,500 packages of Spirit 4:20, the same product seized in an earlier CFSEU-Medicine Hat investigation, were seized from a local retailer. Upon analysis, the product was found to contain a banned substance. The 63-yearold business manager is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and posession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.
During the summer months, GTN participated in Operation SABOT, an RCMP marihuana eradication program conducted annually across Canada. The Department of National Defence provided GTN with transportation aboard their helicopters to assist in targeting rural outdoor grow operations. The team covered the northern part of the province, reaching as far west as the BC boundary and east into northwestern Saskatchewan. The largest marihuana grow operation was located in Valleyview, Alberta. Valleyview RCMP and Green Team members executed a search warrant on a rural property and discovered both indoor and outdoor grow operations. In total, 2,984 plants were seized. Three people were charged with production and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
GREEN TEAMS As part of Calgary and Edmonton CFSEUs, ALERTâ€™s two Green Teams are responsible for investigating and dismantling marihuana grow operations. This year alone, the Green Teams seized 36,189 marihuana plants and 246 kilograms of processed marihuana from rural and urban grow operations around the province. Together, the seized drugs have an estimated potential street value of more than $48 million. 2012-2013 HIGHLIGHTS Green Team North (GTN) began the year with an investigation that led them northwest of Edmonton to a property near Sandy Beach in Lac St. Anne County. There the team found a marihuana grow operation that housed 559 marihuana plants and over 11 pounds of marihuana shake, which is the remnants of processed marihuana. The operation was sophisticated and included the presence of false walls, multiple air conditioning units, odour masking agents, and electrical bypasses. Two area men were charged. In early May, Green Team South (GTS) executed a search warrant at a Calgary home as part of an ongoing investigation. Investigators located a sophisticated marihuana grow operation consisting of 672 plants. One man who was in the property at the time was arrested and charged. With carbon dioxide enhancers present, air quality in the residence was poor due to high levels of carbon dioxide. The property was deemed unfit for human habitation. The following month, GTS dealt with a notable case in which a father was residing at a marihuana grow operation with his two children. More than 350 marihuana plants were located in the home, along with dangerous electrical bypasses. The CPS Child at Risk Response Team was called in to assist.
Around the same time, GTS was shutting down indoor grow operations in Calgary. One property searched in late July yielded 715 marihuana plants worth nearly $900,000. The doorways to the property had been fortified. One man, a US citizen, was arrested and detained pending an investigation by Canada Border Services. November proved busy for GTN after members successfully weeded out several grow operations in Edmonton and northern Alberta, leading to charges against a number of people and over $3 million in marihuana. The largest bust came early in the month when the team executed a search warrant at a rural property in Round Lake, 100 kilometres west of Edmonton in Parkland County. Police found 2,233 marihuana plants, valued at over $2 million if sold on the street. The RCMP Emergency Response Team, the Evansburg RCMP Detachment, and Edson Forensic Identification Section provided assistance. Two people were arrested inside a Quonset that had been redeveloped into a two-storey grow operation. The team uncovered a number of items signaling the operationâ€™s sophistication, including 81 high-intensity lights and 10 commercial forced air furnaces. There was also a natural gas bypass that ran underground for hundreds of feet and was connected to two
Working with its partners to the south, CFSEU-Edmonton helped Red Deer RCMP round up 16 people believed to be involved in drug trafficking in Red Deer at the end of July. The investigation and subsequent charges are believed to be responsible for disrupting two local chapters of nationally identified organized crime groups operating in Red Deer. These groups were responsible In February, GTS assisted Strathmore RCMP with the execution of a for numerous violent crimes, including robberies, kidnappings, search warrant at a property in Wheatland County. Three men were shootings and assaults. charged with production of marihuana for the purpose of trafficking In August, CFSEU-Edmonton moved west and assisted when investigators located 840 marihuana plants with a potential Lloydminster RCMP with an investigation into a suspected street value of $1,050,000 inside a Quonset on the property. The marihuana grow operation was powered by a diesel generator and organized crime group operating in the area. As a result of three search warrants, 11 people were taken into custody and charged carbon dioxide producing equipment was used to help grow the with numerous drug trafficking offences. The searches yielded a marihuana plants. large amount of cash, drugs, and weapons, including an assault rifle. industrial generators that powered the grow. Beyond the plants, police also seized $125,000 in growing equipment, a vehicle and a skid steer. Two Edmonton residents and one Leduc man are charged with production of marihuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and theft of natural gas.
In the fall, CFSEU-Grande Prairie and CFSEU-Edmonton worked with Peace Regional RCMP to target drug trafficking activity in the Peace River area. In total, 44 charges were laid against 11 people. Police seized marihuana, cocaine, and crack cocaine in the communities of Peace River, Grimshaw, Blue Sky, and Grande Prairie. In late October, CFSEU-Calgary worked in partnership with Drumheller RCMP to target the drug trade in the southern Alberta community. The team executed search warrants at two residences and seized cocaine, marihuana, psilocybin, $9,000, and drug WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS trafficking paraphernalia. Numerous charges were laid against Part of ALERTâ€™s mandate is to provide expertise and assistance three men, one of whom was on parole for previous drug-related to other law enforcement agencies in coordinating an integrated investigative response to organized and serious crime issues in the convictions. community. In addition to ALERT-initiated projects, CFSEUs also Once again combining efforts, CFSEU-Edmonton and CFSEUdedicate time to assisting our partners around the province. Grande Prairie teamed up with High Level RCMP to target drug trafficking in the area. Fourteen people face 36 charges after 2012-2013 HIGHLIGHTS the teams executed six search warrants over a two-week period. Early in the fiscal year, CFSEU-Calgary worked with Chestermere RCMP and the Calgary Police Service Drug Section to bust a group Cocaine, marihuana, and psilocybin were seized. believed to be trafficking ecstasy in the area. The investigation Eleven people are charged with numerous offences following an began with a complaint related to a Calgary youth who required investigation by CFSEU-Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House hospitalization following the consumption of ecstasy purchased RCMP near the end of the fiscal year. Search warrants were from a Chestermere youth. Three suspects--two youth and one executed at three Rocky Mountain House residences. Police seized adult--were arrested. 380 grams of cocaine, over 450 grams of marihuana, a loaded .45 calibre handgun, a hunting rifle, approximately 650 rounds Working together with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) of ammunition, and a collapsible baton, as well as nearly $5,000 Homicide section, CFSEU-Edmonton helped wrap up a 13-month cash, numerous cell phones, and drug trafficking paraphernalia. investigation into the murder of an Edmonton father. The man Five vehicles were also seized for civil forfeiture. CFSEU-Red Deer was the victim of a random attack and his infant daughter was assaulted in the incident. The extensive investigation led to charges provided assistance during this investigation. against a Saskatchewan man who was a youth at the time of the offence.
SUPPORT AND SPECIALIZED SERVICES ALERT teams support one another in an effort to effectively and efficiently combat organized and serious crime, reducing harm and creating safer Alberta communities. Specialized investigative support means that our members have the capacity to target the gangs, drugs, organized crime groups, child predators, and violent criminals who seek to undermine the safety of our neighbourhoods.
Law enforcement officers are supported in their efforts to effectively and efficiently combat organized and serious crime.
Provide specialized investigative support to enhance capacity to target gangs, organized and serious crime. Provide expertise and assistance to police agencies through the development of threat assessments and risk reduction plans for domestic violence and stalking cases in Alberta. Promote the use of common, standard business practices and operating procedures in the investigation of organized and serious crime.
GOAL 3 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The number of persons arrested on outstanding warrants by IFAU
The number of outstanding warrants cleared by IFAU
The number of new cases received by I-TRAC for assessment
The number of threat risk assessments completed by I-TRAC
The number of assists provided by SISU to law enforcement agencies in Alberta
Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit (IFAU) Formerly known as the Fugitive Apprehension Sheriffs Support Team (FASST), IFAU tracks, locates and arrests criminals who are wanted on outstanding warrants in Alberta and have previously evaded capture. IFAU plays an important role in promoting safe, secure communities by arresting criminals who evade capture and decreasing the likelihood of them re-offending and re-victimizing Albertans. IFAU is separated into two teams â€“ one in the north and one in the south. The south team operates as part of a joint forces operation that includes Calgary Police Service (CPS) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).Â
2012-2013 HIGHLIGHTS IFAU North worked with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) on a number of warrant drives throughout the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This included assisting EPS with Project OWE (Operation Warrant Execution), which saw nearly 5,000 warrants executed and focused on arresting the top 100 offenders in the area. IFAU North also participated in a number of EPS Community Action Team (CAT) deployments, rounding up wanted fugitives as a part of the EPS Violence Reduction Strategy.
In May, IFAU North was responsible for securing an extradition warrant for Montana’s fifth most wanted criminal. The man was also believed to have been involved in an aggravated assault in Calgary. IFAU confirmed the target was residing in Edmonton and later tracked him to Winnipeg where he was arrested. IFAU South was responsible for taking a violent sexual offender off the streets of Calgary at the end of May. Members of the team tracked the fugitive and eventually located him alone in his vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident with eight warrants executed.
A 25-year-old man wanted on outstanding warrants in relation to a 2011 assault of a Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS) member, was apprehended by the IFAU South team near the end of the second quarter. The man was charged with aggravated assault after an LRPS officer sustained serious injuries including a fractured skull during the alleged assault. The target was located in Calgary and arrested without incident. Stony Plain RCMP approached IFAU North in early fall to assist in locating and arresting a 50-year-old man wanted for 17 years on Canada-wide warrants. His warrants included kidnapping, extortion, forcible confinement, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon. In early October, the unit arrested the man in Onoway where he was residing.
Around the same time, EPS asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man who was allegedly connected to thefts at gas bars, a sandwich shop, and a retail outlet. The suspect made off with a significant amount of cash. In early June, IFAU North apprehended Following a request from the Whitecourt RCMP Detachment, IFAU North apprehended a 50-year-old man wanted on 14 Canadathe 41-year-old Edmonton man in the west end of the capital city wide warrants related to violent, weapons offences. The man with the assistance of EPS members. was convicted of these offences in June 2012 and released on recognizance to put his affairs in order but fled before serving August was a busy month for ALERT IFAU teams, seeing the his sentence in custody. IFAU North tracked him to the Smoky capture of a number of high profile targets. Responding to a Lake area with the assistance of Whitecourt RCMP where he was request for assistance by the federal Crown Prosecutors office, IFAU North tracked a 42-year-old man wanted by the United States eventually located and detained by the team. Drug Enforcement Administration out of Buffalo, New York, for his In early December, IFAU South located a man who had an part in a suspected drug smuggling ring. IFAU located the man in outstanding parole warrant for a 2006 manslaughter conviction Provost, Alberta and apprehended him on an extradition warrant in which he repeatedly stabbed a man during a dispute. The man related to a 2005 offence. was found at a Calgary residence and taken into custody without incident. He is currently serving a nine-year sentence. Two weeks later, IFAU North and IFAU South worked together to locate a violent offender wanted on a Canada-wide parole warrant. In February, IFAU North received a request from Rocky Mountain The man was serving his third federal sentence for robbery and House RCMP to locate and apprehend a man on outstanding was a suspect in a series of commercial robberies in the Calgary warrants for escape lawful custody, failure to comply (probation) area. Following a brief investigation by IFAU South, the man was and failure to comply (recognizance). These charges stemmed tracked to an Edmonton construction site by IFAU North and from an incident in Rocky Mountain House where the man fled apprehended. from RCMP officers while handcuffed into the surrounding bush. After an extensive search of the area, he could not be located. IFAU Working with Edmonton and Hinton RCMP General Investigation tracked the man to his aunt’s residence in Edmonton, and found Section, IFAU North assisted in locating a man believed to be him hiding in the bathroom. armed and dangerous at the end of August. The 30-year-old man was wanted on Canada-wide warrants for a number of recent offences committed in the Blackfalds and Whitecourt areas. He was located on a rural property outside of Hinton and found to be in possession of a rifle and stolen vehicle.
Integrated Threat and Risk Assessment Centre (I-TRAC) I-TRAC brings together highly skilled experts from various fields to assess threats and develop risk reduction plans for domestic and non-domestic violence and stalking cases in Alberta. The unit can make recommendations with respect to investigations, charges, court orders, victim safety and police strategy. Although the mandate has been expanded to include all threats of violence, I-TRAC’s primary aim is to reduce and prevent stalking, violent situations and deaths in high-risk domestic violence cases. I-TRAC completed a total of 142 threat assessments this year and continued to share its expertise province-wide.
Late in the third quarter, I-TRAC’s Cpl. Deanna Fontaine successfully completed the Threat Assessment Understudy Certification Process, making her I-TRAC’s newest Certified Threat Assessor. She is only the 18th person in Canada to complete this program. The start of the 2013 calendar year saw the launch of new mission and vision statements for I-TRAC, as well as the introduction of a new Assessment Request Form. I-TRAC is committed to delivering high-quality service, with the goal of supporting its partners across the province in preventing domestic violence. As part of that commitment, I-TRAC launched the new Assessment Request Form to facilitate a more efficient process. Most importantly, the form helps to ensure that I-TRAC receives all of the necessary information when the initial request for an assessment is made, allowing for faster turnaround.
To that end, I-TRAC hosted a three-day workshop that provided comprehensive training to police and prosecutors on the various kinds of stalkers and how to prosecute them. “In the Mind of a Stalker” was held twice--once in Edmonton and once in Calgary-and featured stalking expert and prominent Los Angeles prosecutor, Rhonda B. Saunders. Ms. Saunders shared her experience with delegates, including challenging cases in which she was able to obtain convictions against people who stalked Madonna and Steven Spielberg.
Sheriffs Investigative Surveillance Unit (SISU)
In May, I-TRAC completed the first Alberta Witness Security Act threat and psychological assessment in Alberta under the new legislation. This was at the request of the EPS and was completed entirely in-house thanks to the addition of a full-time forensic psychologist on staff.
During the previous fiscal year, SISU teams were integrated into the CFSEUs in Calgary and Edmonton. As such, the teams’ accomplishments will no longer be reported separately and are now reflected within the CFSEU section of this report. Goal 3 results for the SISU teams remain within this section, as per the 2012-2015 Coordinated Business Plan.
SISU provides surveillance assistance to Alberta law enforcement agencies conducting ongoing, major investigations. This surveillance support allows local police agencies more time and resources to focus on and address crime in their communities.
Law enforcement activities reduce harm and support safe Alberta communities.
Promote safe communities by conducting specialized investigations under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. Actively investigate Internet predators and those who exploit children through electronic mediums. Provide information to the public about organized and serious crime to enhance public confidence and safety. Promote the use of common, standard business practices and operating procedures in the investigation of organized and serious crime.
GOAL 4 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The number of complaints received by SCAN units
The number of complaints resolved by SCAN units
The number of new child exploitation cases investigated by ICE units
The number of persons charged by ICE units The number of charges laid by ICE units The number of targeted news releases distributed by ALERT
Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Unit
On June 27, the RCMP, acting on information supplied by SCAN, executed a search warrant at the residence and arrested two Edson men. A significant amount of marihuana and cash was seized from the property. The men face trafficking and proceeds of crime charges.
SCAN is legally mandated under the Alberta Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act to improve public safety by targeting properties used for illegal activity related to drugs, gangs, prostitution, and child exploitation. SCAN attempts to resolve During the second quarter of the year, SCAN South worked with issues informally with the property owner. When those efforts fail, SCAN can apply to the Court for a Community Safety Order (CSO) to CPS to successfully shutter three homes on the same block that were allegedly being used to traffic drugs. vacate and close the property for a maximum of 90 days. 2012-2013 HIGHLIGHTS After a two-year investigation, SCAN South was successful in obtaining a CSO to close a Calgary home in the West Hillhurst area for 90 days following public complaints about drug-related activity at the residence. The property had presented ongoing problems for local police. At the end of the first quarter, SCAN North assisted Edson RCMP with an investigation into a problem property in the community.
Following up on a tip from the public, SCAN investigated complaints of suspected drug activity at one home in the Marlborough community, which then led them to two other homes on the same block. Acting on information supplied by SCAN, CPS executed search warrants on the three residences and arrested and charged three people, one in each of the homes. Various quantities of crack cocaine, codeine, morphine, and Oxycodone were seized from the
homes, along with $44,000 cash, drug paraphernalia, swords, knives, and other weapons. In addition to the warrants, SCAN issued warning letters to the property owners, which led to the eviction of the tenants.
As a result of the unitâ€™s work with the RCMP and the motherâ€™s pastor, the house was sold and the activity ceased.
SCAN South kicked off the new year with the closure of two units in a Calgary fourplex. The investigation began in March 2012 when SCAN received public complaints about drug-related activity. When In the fall, a problem home in Edson was ordered closed and informal efforts were unsuccessful, SCAN applied for and obtained vacated after an investigation by SCAN North and the Edson RCMP. a CSO. This was the second CSO imposed on this owner within one year, but on separate properties. The investigation started in June following complaints about suspected drug activity. Working with SCAN, Edson RCMP executed a search warrant at the home that led to drug trafficking charges against two people following the seizure of marihuana, drug trafficking paraphernalia, and cash. SCAN was successful in obtaining a CSO in mid-September. This property has been a problem for police for several years. This is the second CSO levied against this property, as a previous SCAN investigation resulted in a CSO in March 2010. A southeast Edmonton community was made safer on October 31 after SCAN North was successful in closing and vacating a problem property for 90 days. The property was previously closed by SCAN in the fall of 2009 following an investigation that revealed drug trafficking activity at the home. The drug activity ceased for a period of time once the resident was allowed to move back in, but then resumed again in 2011.
Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit ICE investigates the sexual exploitation of children through the Internet and works to reduce harm through public education and prevention programs. ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism. This work is shared by two ICE units that operate in the northern and southern halves of the province. 2012-2013 HIGHLIGHTS A man who was charged by ICE South in February 2012 with 77 child pornography related offences was charged with additional offences at the start of the new fiscal year. While awaiting disposition on the earlier charges, the man is alleged to have breached his conditions by attempting to lure a young boy who was advertising his babysitting services over the Internet.
In early December, SCAN South obtained a CSO, resulting in a 90day closure for a Red Deer home in the Inglewood East area. This is the second time SCAN South has shut down a property in Red Deer since the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act was introduced in Alberta in 2007.
An Athabasca man was arrested and charged with over 30 sexual assault and child pornography offences in an international investigation that led ICE North from Alberta to the Philippines. ICE investigators became involved in the case when a complainant came forward and provided information to the Athabasca RCMP Detachment regarding an alleged historical sexual assault. Working together, Athabasca RCMP and ICE North gathered evidence that led to the arrest of a 66-year-old man for offences committed against nine victims.
That same month, SCAN North traveled to Grande Prairie where they addressed a long-standing problem property in the community. A man was engaged in drug activity at the house, while In late May, ICE North received information from the United States his mother, who was also the property owner, was in a care facility. Homeland Security Department about pornographic material
involving a child that originated from Canada. The ICE investigation led to an Edmonton man who was charged with sexual assault and several child pornography offences allegedly committed against his now five-year-old niece when she was an infant. Investigators were able to identify the infant, who was wearing an infant mishapen head helmet in some images, by working with the Stollery Children’s Hospital. In the week following this arrest, the forensic examination of the seized electronic devices led to more charges, this time against the young victim’s father. The 34-year-old Edmonton man is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, incest, accessing child pornography, possession of child pornography and making child pornography. In July, ICE North received information from counterparts in Saskatchewan who were conducting an online investigation into the possession and distribution of child pornography on peer-topeer networks. As a result, one of Alberta’s most prolific offenders was identified and located in Edmonton. ICE investigators executed a search warrant on his residence and seized several devices. The accused, who has a lengthy criminal record, is charged with possession, distribution and accessing child pornography.
In mid-October, ICE teams joined the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children at a news conference in Saskatchewan to announce the results of Operation Snapshot, an interprovincial operation targeting online predators. In total, ICE conducted nine investigations and laid 11 charges against four men. Charges include accessing, possessing, and making available child pornography, as well as luring. ICE South charged a volleyball coach and youth worker with luring, accessing, possessing, and making child pornography, after a search warrant was executed on his residence. While working at a Calgary recreation centre, the accused allegedly enticed an underage female into an online relationship and lured her into sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages and photos. With assistance from their southern counterparts, ICE North charged a 29-year-old Edmonton physician in mid-January with four counts of luring following an online investigation. After executing a search warrant at an Edmonton residence, the accused was taken into custody without incident and police seized computer equipment and electronic storage devices from the home. Only a few days later, ICE North and the Hinton RCMP Detachment laid charges against a 58-year-old Hinton man following a joint investigation that began in the fall of 2012. The investigation began with charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation laid by the Hinton RCMP. Further investigation and forensic examination of the seized devices led to the identification of three additional victims and new charges. These charges include five counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of making child pornography, and one count of accessing child pornography.
In September, ICE South traveled to Coutts, Alberta where they shared their expertise on child pornography and victim/age identification with Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) staff. As a result, CBSA officers embarked on a three-day project targeting potential offenders. The day following the presentation, CBSA stopped a truck driver attempting to enter Canada whose behaviour was suspicious. The driver consented to a search of his laptop on which the officer found over 300 child pornography images. ICE South was called in to assist and the suspect was charged with possession and importation of child pornography before being returned to the United States.
At the end of January, ICE South charged a 60-year-old man with child pornography offences after wrapping up an investigation that led them to Smith, Alberta. Working closely with the Slave Lake RCMP Detachment, the team executed a search warrant and seized several electronic devices. The accused, who was a school bus driver at the time, was charged with accessing, possessing and making available child pornography. Follow-up investigation and a forensic examination of the suspect’s computer equipment revealed evidence of abuse committed against his granddaughter. The man was subsequently charged with incest and sexual interference.
TRAINING ALERT intelligence and enforcement officers conduct sophisticated, long-term criminal investigations that require advanced training and knowledge. ALERT supports police by providing elite training to enhance the ability of officers to detect and disrupt organized crime in Alberta. Course curriculum is constantly evolving to stay current with changes in the field of criminal investigations and to reflect the ever-changing criminal environment.
Law enforcement officers possess an advanced level of expertise, skills and knowledge to effectively and efficiently target gang, organized and serious crime in Alberta.
Deliver advanced, integrated training and development opportunities to law enforcement in Alberta. Identify, develop, and coordinate unique and specialized courses to enhance the ability of law enforcement personnel to detect, disrupt and dismantle gang, organized and serious crime. Promote the use of common, standard business practices and operating procedures in the investigation of organized and serious crime.
GOAL 5 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The number of integrated courses offered through ASLET The number of candidates who received training from ASLET
ALBERTA SPECIALIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING (ASLET) During the past year, ASLET hosted a record number of courses and candidates, owing primarily to increased dedicated training space in both Edmonton and Calgary. ASLET added 15 new courses to its roster this year, including a course titled, “Using the Internet as an Investigative Tool” that was held in Edmonton during the first quarter. Over three days, investigators learned how to conduct Internet-based online research as part of their investigations. Due to its popularity, the course was offered a second time in the fall. Also for the first time, ASLET hosted training for members dealing with the criminal element within the Central/East African community during the second quarter. This course ran for two days and was attended by 111 candidates. Sessions included trends, case studies, and best practices from Alberta and across Canada. ASLET received a very positive response from the 148 delegates who attended the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) workshops in May.
Open to law enforcement members and analysts, this workshop offered attendees a better understanding of the biker world, information on how to deal with an OMG member, and recent OMG trends within Alberta. ASLET held two major conferences this year, including the annual Homicide Investigators Conference in Red Deer, and the I-TRAC sponsored “In the Mind of a Stalker” event held in Edmonton and Calgary on two seperate occasions. As well, ASLET assisted a number of outside agencies in providing training throughout the year. In October, the Canadian Police College held a five-day violent offender course in Edmonton, and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) hosted a five-day sexual assault course. Then in November, staff from Alberta Justice and Solicitor General held a conference focused on family violence, while the Medicine Hat Police Service offered the Pipeline Convoy Course in their city. The third quarter wrapped up with EPS Canine Unit training, an EPS supervisory course, and an RCMP Major Crimes training session attended by 80 people.
KEEPING ALBERTA SAFE
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2012-13 ALERT Annual Report