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Security & Law Enforcement | September 24, 2018

RCMP's ability to police digital realm 'rapidly declining,' commissioner warned

Robert Beggs

Organized crime is moving online and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is struggling to keep up, according to a briefing note prepared for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki when she took over the top job earlier this year.

The memo, obtained by CBC News under access to information law,‚Äč may launch a renewed battle between the national police service and privacy advocates.

"Increasingly, criminality is conducted on the internet and investigations are international in nature, yet investigative tools and RCMP capacity have not kept pace," says the memo tucked into Lucki's briefing book.

"Growing expectations of policing responsibilities and accountability, as well as complexities of the criminal justice system, continue to overwhelm the administrative demands within policing."....

In 2016 nearly 24,000 cybercrime-related cases were reported to Canadian police, up 58 per cent over 2014. The report's authors note that cybercrime tends to be under-reported.

Encryption of online data has a been a persistent thorn in the RCMP's side.....