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National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC)

Implementing Cutting Edge Technology for Law Enforcement


Overview of the NCECC
The NCECC is part of the RCMP’s National Police Services, providing services to the entire law enforcement community.

The NCECC is a national clearing house and coordination centre for all international requests to conduct investigations in Canada related to child sexual exploitation on the Internet. The NCECC helps develop policy and provides many levels of support to law enforcement investigators across Canada involved in files dealing with the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.

Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS) -- Quick Facts

  • CETS was launched in April 2005 in collaboration with Microsoft and the Toronto Police Service.
  • The product is currently being used by 125 users representing 16 law enforcement agencies across the country.
  • CETS is a secure database, housed within the RCMP’s NCECC that serves as a repository of information and an investigative tool in law enforcement’s fight against the online sexual exploitation of children.
  • CETS is a multi-faceted tool. It is a record management tool, a secure bulletin board for the sharing of information among police agencies and has the capability to engage a number of different systems such as MapPoint, Netscan and MSN directories.
  • CETS promotes safe information sharing over a secure network by allowing police to match investigations that reference the same people or online identities, helping to minimize duplication of effort across police services.
  • Microsoft Canada has established the CETS Centre of Excellence to support the product and help determine which international agencies will be authorized to use CETS.

As part of the NCECC’s goal to support all front line law enforcement officers across Canada who specialize in these types of crimes, the NCECC identifies and provides strategic services to its partners.

The following types of strategic services are available:

National Training
Research and Development
Strategic Partnerships

Canadian Image Database of Exploited Children (CIDEC) -- Quick Facts

  • One of the NCECC’s primary functions is to develop effective methods of identifying and locating child victims, which has been deemed a G8 commitment for Canada .
  • Through CIDEC, the Centre will maintain a bank of images gathered from across the country and will work with investigators from all police agencies to identify victims.
  • The primary goal of the relational database is to identify victims from the seized images these units capture. In addition it will allow the NCECC to check for known and identified images through the use of their media digest values.
  • A collection and submission process is being developed to capture the images from every police agency that has worked on child exploitation cases.
  • The NCECC is currently developing the database and procuring the software that will search image content and perform facial recognition.
  • The NCECC will have a dedicated Victim Identification Unit with four personnel to identify suspects and children.

Roll out of CIDEC is scheduled for August 2005.