Organized Crime Research

Organized Crime Research Briefs

Organized Crime Research Briefs are short summaries of Organized Crime Research Reports or hot topics in the study of organized crime. Full versions of these publicly available Organized Crime Research Reports are available through interlibrary loan in hardcopy or in the Depository Services Program's E-Collection. PDF versions of reports are available upon request to

National Coordinating Committee on Organized Crime

The National Coordinating Committee on Organized Crime (NCC) was established to help advance the National Agenda to Combat Organized Crime, which was endorsed by Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for Justice in 2000.

The NCC is a national body, responsible for identifying national public policy issues, and advancing strategies and initiatives to combat organized crime. Its mandate is to create links and foster dialogue between policy makers and law enforcement agencies.

The NCC's membership includes senior officials from FPT departments responsible for public safety, justice and corrections governments, and representatives of the law enforcement community. The Committee endorses issues related to organized crime that are presented to FPT Deputy Ministers and Ministers of Justice.

The Research Working Group is an FPT subcommittee of the NCC. Through consultation with this body, Public Safety establishes an annual Research Work Plan to provide empirical information to assist in developing policies and refining operations to improve prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts to combat organized crime.

Research Unit within Public Safety Canada

The Research and National Coordination, Organized Crime Division within Public Safety Canada is responsible for researching, developing summaries, conducting statistical analyses and using social science methods to support the objectives of the FPT group, the National Coordinating Committee on Organized Crime and the Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch at Public Safety.

The Research Unit's small team of researchers brings their training in anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy, statistics, legal studies, and political science to support the expert criminological study of organized crime and its policing, through developing research projects that are either contracted to outside experts or are conducted in-house.


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Organized Crime Research Highlights

  • Organized Crime Research Highlights, Issue 1
    In issue 1: Social Network Analysis in Operations; Current Proposed Australian Unexplained Wealth Regimes; Criminal Trajectories in Organized Crime; Mortgage Origination Fraud and the Global Economic Crisis; More Organizationally Complex Gangs: Committing More Crime?; Traffic in Garbage and Hazardous Waste: An Overview; Precursor Laws Effect on Methamphetamine Production
  • Organized Crime Research Highlights, Issue 2
    Criminal cooperation between organized crime groups; Do all gangs pose equal security risks in correctional facilities? ; Motives and methods for leaving a gang; Who stops dealing hard drugs?; Using wiretap data to understand criminal organizations; Effectively dismantling a drug syndicate using network structure and role; and Organized crime involvement in the illicit antiquities trade.
  • Organized Crime Research Highlights, Issue 3
    How identities are traded online; Differences between organized criminals and other offenders; White-collar crime and the global financial meltdown; Combating transnational environmental crime; Co-offending between criminal enterprise groups; Using math to estimate the gang affiliation of unknown offenders; Comparing the illicit trades in wildlife and drugs.
  • Organized Crime Research Highlights, Issue 4
    Internet-facilitated Counterfeit Crime; Violence and Gang Territories; Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime; Locating Meth Labs; Strategic Intelligence and Transnational Organised Crime; Sizing Drug Markets using Sewage.
  • Organized Crime Research Highlights, Issue 5
    Anonymous Online Marketplace for Illicit Goods; Victim-Offender Mediation and Organized Crime; Locating the Source of Diffusion in Large-Scale Networks; Drug Market Disruption and Violence; Quebec's Synthetic Drug Market.
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