Law enforcement agencies in New Brunswick are working together to deal with proliferation of technological evidence and its impact on law enforcement.
The key objective of this initiative is for law enforcement agencies to work together to address challenges related to the growing demand for tech crime capacity.
'J' Division Operational Support Services—Technological Crime Unit
Police agencies are working together in a cooperative fashion by directly involving themselves in the building of capacity. Saint John Police Force and Rothesay Regional Police Force each have a seconded member assigned to the Integrated Team of Tech Crime specialists. Discussions are underway for additional secondments from other forces.
The initiative was undertaken for both effectiveness and economic reasons. The cost of establishing, equipping, and training a tech crime unit is huge and departments have to work together to ensure that they have capacity when it is required.
Existing resources have been used to date; however, financial support for a provincial unit is being solicited. Two agencies are working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to train tech crime analysts.Municipal/regional police force departments have invested in training and equipment to support the cause.
This initiative is still being worked on.
This is an example of how law enforcement agencies are working together to provide an effective police service to their respective communities.