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.
growing sophistication and diversity of organized crime
Look beyond violence as a result of gangs and organized crime to see the greater affect on society. This unique thought process that forces us to consider the impact gang violence and crime has on the environment, the healthcare system, the economy, parks and other public spaces, the community, and countless other areas of society, are all things that the CFSEU- BC Strategic Research Office takes into account.
The Strategic Research Office does work that benefits major police operations by developing fresh and innovative ways to enhance policing in the province of British Columbia, specically targeting gang crime, the CFSEU-BC research team analyzes a number of factors in society with the aim to improve upon already viable methods of policing.
The Strategic Research Office analyzes the characteristics in which a gangster commits violent crimes. Criminals who show repeat behaviour are nuisances not only to the police but also to the communities in which they commit these criminal acts and violence. They are a drain of not only police resources, but other resources as well. When a shooting occurs in a public space such as a park or community centre, the space becomes unusable for a period of time, displacing the community. However, if the CFSEU- BC can disrupt an individual from being a career criminal, through enforcement, intervention, or education, there are signicant societal savings.
Gang crime needs to be targeted not just operationally but through community engagement and education.
The Strategic Research Office studies gang crime and gang criminals to better understand the operational environment; who the victims are and who the gang members are. This is done in order to better inform and contextualize police as well as government decision making so that it can contribute towards introducing new laws, new counter measures to combat gangs and organized crime and establish strategies that will frustrate gang members and hold them accountable. If the Strategic Research Office’s studies contribute to the government creating or amending a law that sends a gang member to jail who is in contravention of the law, the CFSEU-BC has contributed to public safety. If the research can support people ending gang life, that is also a contribution to public safety. If the analytics enables surveillance teams to be in position before crime happens, and it prevents a murder, or deters a criminal from committing an act of violence, the research has done its job. CFSEU-BC is a nervous system that needs to work together at all levels in order to ensure the safety of the public.
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.