Organized Crime Section

Crime Stoppers

Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers is a non-profit society and registered charity that receives anonymous tip information about criminal activity and provides it to police investigators in the Metro Vancouver region.

The Vancouver Police Department's participation in Crime Stoppers falls under the Organized Crime Section.

Criminal Intelligence Unit

The Criminal Intelligence Unit is an integral part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Organized Crime Section. It is tasked with providing accurate and timely intelligence that directly supports the operational and investigative objectives of the organization.

Information that has been collected from a variety of sources is collated, analyzed and incorporated into intelligence products which are then shared with other law enforcement partners locally, nationally and internationally. These products are in the form of bulletins, target packages, strategic and tactical threat assessments, crime group profiles, as well as reports and presentations that relate to emerging trends and threats.

Drug Unit

The Drug Unit is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of all drug-related offences under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act. This includes the investigation of individuals involved in drug trafficking and the related distribution network.

The Unit also assumes the responsibility for the investigation, processing and dismantling of all clandestine methamphetamine and ecstasy Labs in the City of Vancouver.

The members in the Unit also take an active role in educating the community and other police members on drug-related matters.

Gang Crime Unit

The Gang Crime Unit is an operational and investigative unit whose primary function is to suppress all forms of gang and associated organized crime in the City of Vancouver.

The Unit also actively promotes programs aimed at deterring youth involvement in the gang lifestyle. In pursuit of these objectives, the members work closely with other law enforcement agencies locally, nationally and internationally.

Gang-related crimes include drug manufacturing and trafficking, the possession and use of firearms, abductions, frauds and other property-related offences.

Organized Crime Units

The Organized Crime Units conduct enforcement and gather intelligence into the activities of members and associates of organized crime groups.

A criminal organization is defined as a group, however organized, that is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences, that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any of the persons who constitute the group.

Members of the Organized Crime Units work closely with other VPD units, as well as with foreign or domestic law enforcement agencies that target organized crime.

Human Source Handling Unit

The Organized Crime Section's Human Source Handling Unit (HSHU) consists of experienced supervisors, investigators, analysts and support staff whose responsibility is to foster and develop the best human source handling practices within Canadian policing. The Unit provides guidance, direction and training to police officers and agencies across Canada.

The HSHU manages and recruits all confidential police informants and agents that assist the police in solving crime. They safeguard the informants' identities and the information that they provide, which is distributed to investigative units in the VPD, as well as law enforcement agencies across the country.

Informants and agents provide important information on crimes ranging from street level drug investigations to organized crime and murder investigations. Reliable source information can lead to solving crimes and reducing violence against the vulnerable, as well as violence caused by gangs and guns, and can potentially prevent crimes before they occur.

If you wish to contact an investigator, please call (604) 717-3627.