Criminal Investigations

Criminal Investigations (CI) has four distinct work groups – Major Crime, Special Crimes, Street Crimes, and Drugs and Organized Crimes. This division also includes an Intelligence Officer and a civilian crime analyst, who are tasked with a variety of roles and responsibilities related to the collection, analysis, evaluation and exchange of information related to criminal activity. Officers in this division typically work in plain clothes and are referred to as detectives.

Major Crimes is responsible for files that are deemed serious in nature, or complex in origin, that require extensive investigation. These files typically involve violence or serious injury and require significant investigative resources including evidence collection, interviewing and specialized skill sets for document production.

Special Crimes investigates crimes that are more sensitive in nature, including serious sexual offenses, crimes involving children/youth or the elderly, hate and bias crime, and crimes involving those with special needs.

Drugs and Organized Crime detectives are responsible for investigating and enforcing the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA), working to dismantle complex drug trafficking organizations, working with other agencies on ongoing, multi-jurisdictional investigations, and seizing drugs and arresting those involved in the street-level drug trade.

Street Crime detectives proactively and reactively investigate people and crimes based on the intelligence-led policing model. Their investigations frequently involve specific crime trends or series of crimes of concern to the community.

All members of Criminal Investigations operate collaboratively across the four work groups and provide additional support to Patrols as required.