Prince Edward Island
The Criminal Intelligence Service Prince Edward Island (CISPEI) bureau is comprised of Royal Canadian Mounted Police personnel from both the Federal and Contract Policing ('L' Division) branches, as well as personnel from municipal policing agencies in PEI.
The objectives of this initiative are to increase the sharing of intelligence for the purposes of tactical planning, and to avoid duplication of efforts and clarify roles and responsibilities amongst various units and agencies working to combat organized and serious crime in PEI.
'L' Division / Federal Policing
This initiative began in 'L' Division in 2009 and continues to evolve.
It was undertaken to increase information sharing between agencies and to enhance capabilities to cultivate and handle sensitive criminal intelligence in a consistent manner, specifically in relation to serious and organized crime.
Set-up costs for CISPEI were significant. It requires a secure office space for nine full-time employees. The annual operating budget for the bureau is approximately $1.2 million.
The initiative began as a means to employ PEI’s share of the Police Officer Recruitment Fund announced by the federal government in 2009.
The initiative has been moderately successful so far in terms of production, but has been very successful in terms of partnership building and integration. Work is underway to evolve the handling procedures for sensitive information from all agencies so that the bureau can act as the centre to disseminate shared intelligence for all police agencies in PEI. It is anticipated that these types of changes will significantly enhance integration and sharing to levels not seen previously. CISPEI is responsible for creating PEI's Integrated Provincial Threat Assessment report. Over the last year, the bureau has enhanced this process, making it a "living document" process with real-time information. The information is submitted quarterly to the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada for addition to the National Threat Assessment on Organized and Serious Crime in Canada.
The key messages are as follows:
Additional information on partners:The CISPEI bureau is comprised of police officers, analysts and support staff from the various police agencies in PEI. The bureau is governed by a Provincial Executive Committee comprised of leaders from these agencies and associate members from the PEI provincial government.