Regional Integrated Intelligence Units (Details)

Name of province/ territory:

New Brunswick

City/ Region:

New Brunswick

Description of Initiative:

This Integrated intelligence-led policing initiative brings together the law enforcement community throughout the province to share criminal information and intelligence. It supports law enforcement efforts to detect, disrupt, dismantle and to prevent further development of organized crime groups and subjects of interest in our communities across New Brunswick (NB).

The Regional Integrated Intelligence Units (RIIUs) are located in five distinct policing jurisdictions across NB: Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, St. Leonard and Bathurst.

Initiative Key Objectives:

This initiative is designed to encourage law enforcement agencies in New Brunswick to operate collectively for the purposes of making the province a safer place to live, work and play.

There are several specific objectives:

  • have intelligence and operational functions report through one governing body;
  • enhance accountability for results on approved operations;
  • increase the resources assigned directly to targets that pose the most significant threat;
  • ensure that enforcement priorities are recognized using an evidence-based process, and act on those priorities in all jurisdictions within the province;
  • produce one integrated Provincial Threat Assessment (PTA) as well as a bi-annual Integrated Target Selection Process (ITSP);
  • increase the sharing of intelligence across all jurisdictions; and
  • make the intelligence function a recognized discipline in conjunction with standardized training opportunities and agreed-upon standards of operations.

Section Responsible for Implementation:

CISNB Provincial Executive Committee—this is a collective effort under the strategic direction of the Governing Body of Police Executives for the RCMP, CBSA, Saint John Police, Fredericton Police, Woodstock Police, Edmundston Police, Grand Falls Police, Codiac Regional RCMP, Miramichi Police, BNPP, Rothesay Regional Police, Bathurst Police and New Brunswick Public Safety. The RCMP has taken a SIGNIFICANT leadership role in this initiative and is recognized by the remainder of the partners as an absolute key to the collective success of the law enforcement community.

Key Contact:

Al Bodechon

Groups/ Agencies/ Key Partners Involved:

  • other police services
  • other government departments/agencies

Level of Involvement (consultative - information sharing) and/or cooperative - direct involvement):

Both information sharing and direct involvement in all strategic, tactical and operational police investigations.

Amount of Time Initiative has been in Place:

Since Fall 2010.

Reason for Undertaking the Initiative:

There were three key drivers for this intiative. There existed an economic opportunity and it was cost-effective. Since its inception, it has also proven to be a more effective response to the attack on organized and serious crime in NB.

The NB Law Enforcement community recognized the need for a unified approach to the collection, analysis and dissemination of criminal intelligence. This initiative also enhanced the collective capacities, capabilities and intelligence production of different levels of policing and multiple police agencies in New Brunswick.

Resources Required to Implement this Initiative:

The initiative was possible because funding was available to all municipal/regional police forces through a federal program called the Police Officer Recruitment Fund (PORF). However, the NB Chiefs of Police decided that the program would best serve the citizens of NB if the funding was shared by municipal/regional police and the RCMP.

To offset start-up costs, the initiative was delayed for six months and the salary dollars were used for hard costs for vehicles, equipment, furnishings, etc. Approximately $600,000 was spent on the five RIIUs based on their demonstrated need.

There are five integrated intelligence units in the province. There are 33 people who work in these IIUs, including those from partner agencies. This is a mixture of police/enforcement officers (28) and administrative staff (5). Of this 33, there are three from CBSA, which covers its own costs and would be considered a voluntary partner.

The funding arrangement for the remaining staff is divided. Five of the RCMP positions are funded federally and the rest are provincially funded. Of the provincially funded positions, some were funded through PORF. PORF funds 16 of the positions, six of which are RCMP employees. The remainder are from municipal police forces. Every police agency in New Brunswick has a member in an IIU. As for donated time, all agencies, at different times, lend resources to take the intelligence product to a tactical enforcement phase. Each agency would cover its own cost. Each IIU is also run by a joint management team. All agencies have an executive level police officer as part of the joint management team, which sets the operational direction for the IIUs. This participation is "donated" time.

Method of Implementation:

This initiative was funded for four years, with a sunset clause of March 31, 2013. All five RIIUs were staffed and equipped by October 1, 2009.

Key Outcomes of the Initiative:

All of the objectives of this initiative have been realized and are reported on bi-annually to the 14 most senior police executives responsible for policing in the province, including the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety.

This initiative has met the desired objectives and continues to improve the quality of sharing of intelligence and reflects an increased committment to tactical operations in an integrated approach for the benefit of all partners. All successes based on the stated objectives have been documented and can be presented in detail if necessary.

Prior to the implementation of this initiative, approximately two to four major investigations were undertaken by the RCMP against organized crime targets on average, per year. Currently, there are 17 investigations underway in the province in the form of intelligence probes or tactical operations targeting organized crime.

The sharing of intelligence and information is at its highest level in the history of policing in the province of NB. There have been 28 PTA targets and subjects of interest actioned since the inception of this program. The RCMP have been leaders or participants in all 28 investigations.

Availability of a Communication Strategy:


Key Messages used to Publicize the Initiative:

The key messaging has been internal to the law enforcement community. The culture of the policing community has been moving in the direction of “we have a responsibility to share” rather than “the need to know and the right to know.”

This culture shift has resulted in greater success in our collective attack against organized crime.

All results have been documented and are being shared with elected government officals through a series of presentations which are being delivered by key representatives of the NB police community.

Forms of Evaluation by which the Initiative will be Assessed:

  • internal
  • quantitative
  • qualitative

Evaluation Completed or Community Feedback Received:


Summary of the Outcomes:

A formal evaluation has not been completed but successes have been documented and are available to government officals.

Summary of the Performance Measure Data Collected:


Economics of Policing Pillars:

Further Details:

In summary, this initiative can best be defined by the benefits to the law enforcement community and a safer NB, which is now a leader in information sharing. Some of these benefits are:

  • an improved ability to ensure public safety;
  • an improved ability to respond to groups causing the most harm in our communities;
  • an intelligence–led target selection process;
  • greater financial efficiency in policing;
  • a more timely response to the targeting and disruption of organized and serious crime;
  • creation of a culture of responsibility to share;
  • an increase in human resources assigned directly to organized crime targets;
  • increased results for all partners;
  • enhanced accountability of the senior leaders of policing to deliver results;
  • natural de-confliction of targets and sources; and
  • an increased number of human resources on validated organized crime groups, which results in significant cost savings.

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