Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - NL (Synopsis)

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

Description: In place since September 2013, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit — Newfoundland and Labrador (CFSEU–NL) is a new policing model established by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to promote community safety. This integrated investigative unit consists of members from both the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The creation of CFSEU–NL has allowed the RNC and RCMP to further operationalize the Criminal Intelligence Service Newfoundland and Labrador (CISNL) provincial threat assessment on organized crime. The unit includes crime analysts, investigators, computer forensic specialists and other specialized members of both organizations. Working in partnership allows the two police services to better address organized crime and internet child exploitation, which are not contained within one police jurisdiction, province or even country. Other partners, such as the Canada Border Services Agency, will be brought in as appropriate to develop capacity. The Provincial Executive Committee that oversees CISNL will now oversee CFSEU–NL, placing all intelligence gathering and enforcement related to organized crime under one umbrella.
Objective: CFSEU–NL aims to ensure safer communities for the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador by disrupting serious and organized crime through investigative excellence in intelligence-led integrated policing.
Outcomes: Implementation is still in the early stages and it is too soon to assess outcomes. The initiative is not currently collecting performance data, but is in the process of developing performance metrics. Greater cooperation between federal and provincial police forces is expected to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
Resources: The set-up cost for this program was approximately $1 million and was covered through the provincial budget.
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador
Record Entry Date: 2015-03-01
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