Travelling Child Sexual Offenders – Is the Canadian Policing Community Prepared?
Recent cases involving Canadians suspected of travelling to other countries and sexually abusing children indicate an emerging threat as well as illustrate the importance of global cooperation between police agencies.
Superintendent Earla-Kim McColl, Officer in Charge, National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, National Police Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will be the keynote speaker at Insight Information’s conference Internet Law, held in Toronto, Ontario, March 27-28, 2008. For information: www.insightinfo.com.
- Cst./Det. Carl Cartright of the Ottawa Police Service seconded to the NCECC is currrently working with the FBI Innocent Images International Taskforce at FBI Headquarters in Washington as part of a three-month rotating NCECC placement.
- NCECC participation at the Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization (CALEO) meeting from June 21-23 at the Brock Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON.
- NCECC, Interpol Ottawa and the Sûreté du Québec host 24th Meeting of the Interpol Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children from May 30 - June 1, 2006 in Nicolet, Québec.
- April 23 to 29 marks the first National Victims of Crime Awareness Week in Canada — an opportunity to raise awareness about victim issues and about the services and laws in place to help victims and their families. A testimonial from one of the NCECC investigators is featured as well as a testimonial from an anonymous victim of child sexual abuse.
- On April 4, 2006, the new government delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the First Session of the Thirty-Ninth Parliament of Canada.
The National Steering Committee on Internet Based Sexual Exploitation of Children was held on March 15, 2006.
Meeting of the Virtual Global Taskforce held in London, England March 28-29
The NCECC and FBI are negotiating the establishment of rotating secondments for former and current NCECC employees to work with the FBI Innocent Images Task Force in Washington, DC. The FBI Innocent Images International Task Force is the only international task force of its kind in North America that focuses on the exploitation of children via the Internet. An announcement of the secondment agreement was held on February 24 at FBI headquarters. An NCECC investigator in Red Serge represented Canada at the media event. Participating on the task force will enable the NCECC to expand its network of international partners. For more information, please visit: www.fbi.gov/page2/feb06/innocentimages
Prime Minister-Elect Stephen Harper visited the NCECC office on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 prior to being officially sworn in as Prime Minister.
Fact Sheet: Animé
Fact Sheet: Wireless Networking
The Virtual Global Task Force Protecting Children Online Conference was hosted recently by the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. Two-hundred and forty participants representing 40 countries attended. Participants included industry, NGO's, government and law enforcement who shared their strategies for combatting these online sexual exploitation offences while maintaining the free flow of information on the Internet. The NCECC returned with a number of initiatives to explore, such as 24/7 service at the national centre, and hosting a victim identification conference to explore best practices and develop national business rules.
deal.org publishes an online magazine written by and directed to youth.
The December issue features an article on raising the age of consent.
News Release — Canada ’s National Centre Helps
Save Three Children in Germany from Sexual Exploitation and Catch their
A Backgrounder on Bill C-2 - Amendments to Protect
Children and Other Vulnerable Persons has been posted in the Legislation section of the website.
The Executive Summary of the Internet Based Sexual Exploitation
of Children and Youth Environmental Scan has been posted to the website
The Canadian Coalition Against Internet Child
Exploitation (CCAICE) is running its fall national public awareness campaign
concurrently with the Cybertip.ca awareness campaign from October to
CCAICE is a multi-sector
group of industry, government, non-governmental and law enforcement
stakeholders from across the country, including the National Child Exploitation
Coordination Centre (NCECC). CCAICE is dedicated to eliminating child
exploitation from the Internet while promoting the flow of legitimate
CETS won a gold medal at the 2005 Technology in Government (GTEC)
Week Distinction Awards Gala on October 3, 2005. The CETS technology
was recognized in the "Innovative Cross-Jurisdictional
E-Government Projects" category.
The NCECC took part in the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes
Unit 12th Annual International Conference on Sex Crimes Investigations “Sexual
Assault: An Ageless Crime.” http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/sexcrimes/seminar/brochure.pdf
Fact Sheet - P2P File Sharing Networks
Representatives from the NCECC attended the Virtual
Global Taskforce meetings in Australia to review the business case and identify deliverables
for the upcoming year.
The NCECC was invited to present at the International Association
of Women Police 43rd Annual Training Conference in Leeds, England.
Fact Sheet - Camera Phones
The NCECC participated in the Canadian Association
of Chiefs of Police Conference in Ottawa, Ontario as an exhibitor.
The 2006 conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Representatives from the NCECC took part in
the 17th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, TX
Fact Sheet: Webcams
Fact Sheet: Networking
The NCECC’s research and development division has
begun preparing fact sheets for law enforcement, educators, parents, children,
The Canadian Coalition Against Internet Child Exploitation (CCAICE),
that includes the NCECC, released its seven-point national action
plan on May 11, 2005. The plan is designed to help protect children
from online sexual exploitation and to assist in bringing those who
victimize children to justice. Read more www.cybertip.ca.
The NCECC hosted it second annual investigators' workshop from April
21-23, 2005, in Calgary, Alberta. The NCECC workshop is specifically
designed for law enforcement officers from across the country who work
in the field of investigating Internet-based sexual exploitation of children. Agenda included presentations on the Child Exploitation
Tracking System (CETS), the first course of the national training program,
child sex tourism and presentations by representatives from national
and international partner organizations. The NCECC workshop was a true
picture of integrated policing with 84 participants representing 10
provinces and one territory; 21 police agencies; two US departments;
one Interpol representative; two Canadian Border Security Agency representatives;
and, three Crown Prosecutors.
the Toronto Police Service, law enforcement agencies from across the
country and David Hemler, President of Microsoft Canada joined together
to launch the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS) on April 7,
2005 in Toronto. <<read
The Virtual Global Taskforce launched its international website - www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com on
January 26, 2005.
24, 2005, the Honourable Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Irwin Cotler,
Minister or Justice, the Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Attorney General
and Justice Minister for the province of Manitoba, Giuliano Zaccardelli,
Commissioner of the RCMP and Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of Child
Find Manitoba participated in a national news conference launching Canada’s
national tipline for reporting online sexual exploitation - Cybertip.ca.
As of October 1, National Missing Children Services (NMCS) moved to
the NCECC from the RCMP's Information & Identification Services.
Historically, the RCMP has established and managed programs to address
issues dealing with youth, whether it be the exploitation of youth, missing
children, or youth crime. Moving NMCS to the NCECC will allow for better
alignment of programs dealing with a broad range of youth issues and
initiatives. NMCS is the only Canadian clearing house providing information
and assistance to police, non-profit agencies and parents regarding missing
children. Its primary objectives are to protect children and to locate
and return missing children. The service is linked to all Canadian police
and related agencies through Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC),
as well as to the National Crime Information Centre in the United States
and to most foreign police agencies through Interpol. For more information,
please visit: www.ourmissingchildren.ca.
introducing the NCECC has been published in the October issue of deal.org's
webzine. deal.org is a program created to help youth learn
about a wide variety of issues, and encourage young people to get involved
and to make a difference within their community.
As of October
2004, the NCECC will officially become part of the RCMP’s National
Police Services (NPS), which provides services for all law enforcement
agencies across Canada.
On July 12, 2004, the NCECC, Cybertip.ca,
the Department of Justice and various Internet service providers with
representation from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers and
Canadian Cable Television Association met to discuss how they can enhance
their collective efforts to more effectively combat online sexual exploitation
of children. The next step is to collectively look at how effective existing
measures are and to identify new responses and best practices.
hosted its first conference for investigators in Winnipeg, MB from April
25th to the 28, 2004.
In its March
24, 2004, Budget, the Government of Canada allocated funds toward
the national strategy, with specific funds directed to the RCMP to
enhance its investigative capabilities.
In the 2004
Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada
announced its commitment to a national strategy to combat online