OPP partners on National Campaign
Ottawa, ON - Starting today and continuing over the ride season, police and public
safety partners are taking to social media to remind Canadians that outlaw motorcycle
gangs remain a criminal threat to our communities.
While the vast majority of motorcycle riders are law-abiding citizens, extensive
criminal networks within the outlaw biker community continue to profit from illicit
activities like drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, contraband
smuggling, extortion, violence and illegal gaming.
Outlaw motorcycle clubs often take part in legitimate charitable events and other
public relations efforts to portray themselves as good-natured free spirits. Popular
television shows in recent years have unfortunately glamorized the gangster lifestyle
and likely helped organized crime groups attract recruits and supporters.
Under the auspices of CIROC (the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime),
participating agencies will feature anti-gang messages across a variety of social
media platforms and point to sources of more information online.
We encourage social media followers to share the messages and information in order
to help educate the public about outlaw motorcycle gangs and raise awareness of
their negative impacts.
CIROC coordinates a national effort to disrupt organized crime through information
sharing between law enforcement agencies. Its partners include:
- Municipal and provincial police agencies
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Criminal Intelligence Service Canada
- Canadian Border Services Agency
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
- Other federal government departments
"Outlaw motorcycle gangs have extensive illicit distribution networks that consist
of their chapters and supports clubs. It is believed these networks connect to over
half of all organized crime groups in Canada." - Criminal Intelligence Service Canada
Chief, Director General, Chief Superintendent, Rob Gilchrist
"Outlaw motorcycle gangs pose a major crime threat across our country. Canadian
law enforcement stands united in investigating, charging and convicting these criminals
who threaten public safety." - Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner and
CIROC Co-Chair, Rick Barnum
"One of the most serious threats that Canada faces, is transnational organized crime.
These groups commit old crimes using new technologies and often have links overseas.
We need domestic and international partners to work together to combat this threat.
" - RCMP Federal Policing Deputy Commissioner and CIROC Co-Chair, Gilles Michaud
"Law enforcement in Canada is committed in working together to put an end to criminal
gangs and organized crime." - Assistant Director criminal investigations, Benoît
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