The Strategic Research Office (SRO)
Studying past events to predict our future state.
As the lead agency in targeting gangs and organized crime in the province, the CFSEU-BC’s Strategic Research Office shoulders the responsibility of studying and developing strategies that are being employed are evidence-based, pragmatic, and have been proven to work in other parts of the country and the world. The CFSEU-BC aims to be innovative in a predictive and anticipatory way, as opposed to policing reactively.
In addition to reporting to the RCMP’s E Division Criminal Operations officer, who is in charge of Investigative Services and Organized Crime for the RCMP in British Columbia, the Chief Officer of the CFSEU-BC reports to a Board of Governance which governs the Unit. As parties with a vested stakeholder interest in CFSEU-BC, the Board of Governance typically guides matters related to strategic direction. Members of the Board include RCMP, Provincial, and Municipal law enforcement representatives. While it does have its own policies and procedures, CFSEU-BC generally operates under the RCMP administrative policies and procedures, and adheres to these policies along with specific partner collective agreement policies in its day-to-day operations.
The Organized Crime Agency of BC (OCABC) is a unique and special organization of highly trained and specialized professionals providing key operational and administrative support. OCABC personnel are the foundation and core of CFSEU-BC. In addition to being subject matter experts in important investigational, technical and analytical disciplines, they provide continuity and structure to CFSEU-BC. OCABC employees are, for the most part, permanent employees not affected by departure due to other police agency’s rotational secondment models or promotion or transfer back to those agencies.
OCABC remains a designated police agency within the Province of British Columbia, and is a permanent member of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-BC. All OCABC employees are fully seconded, integrated, and an integral part of CFSEU-BC and its ongoing success.