News Advisory - Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) wants your help

CORNWALL, ON, June 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The boating season is just beginning and the Cornwall RTF will be present on the area waterways conducting patrols. The CRTF's primary responsibility is Border Integrity along the international border between Iroquois and the Quebec Border. During marine patrols the CRTF will also be proactive in ensuring that vessels are being operated in a safe manner and have all the required equipment on board. For more information on what your boat requires, visit Transport Canada's safe boating website.

The CRTF is looking for the public's support in reporting any suspicious or criminal activity on the water, land or air, by calling the Cornwall RCMP Detachment at (613) 937-2800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

One of the Strategic Priorities of the RCMP is Serious and Organized Crime.

Under the Criminal Code (Section 467.1), Organized Crime is defined as being composed of three or more persons, having as one of its main purposes a serious offence likely to result in a financial benefit.

That is to say that just about any type of illicit activity can be undertaken by organized crime groups, as long as there is money to be made. Identity theft, human trafficking, sex crimes against children, credit card fraud and counterfeit goods, just to name a few, can, and often do have links to organized crime.

Organized crime affects the daily lives of Canadians. You may not be aware of it, but it can affect the taxes you pay (tax revenue losses from contraband tobacco and alcohol); your car insurance premiums (higher auto insurance due to car thefts by organized crime rings); your banking fees (banks recovering fraudulent costs); even your safety and health (drug-related violence, faulty counterfeit goods, and neighborhood marihuana grow operations).

The violence and corrupting effect of organized crime groups are the mainstays of primary activities, which greatly affect every Canadian's right to safety and security.

Anyone wishing to report any type of suspicious or criminal activity along the border can contact the RCMP Cornwall Detachment at (613) 937-2800 or 1-866-284-4404.  Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: RCMP Cornwall Detachment, Cst. Jean Juneau, Media Relation Officer, (613) 937-7357; OPP, Sgt. Kristine Rae, Media Relation Officer, (613) 285-5479


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