OPP opens Cyber Operations Centre
The speed at which technology advances, and is integrated into society presents a continuous challenge for law enforcement to identify, seize, store and examine digital evidence. To meet these challenges, the OPP developed the Cyber Strategy to manage risks, reduce threats and mitigate harm caused by crimes involving digital technologies. Strategic goals include building investigative capacity by ensuring appropriate training, procedures and supports are implemented across the organization.
The creation of the Cyber Operations Section (COS) is an integral component of the strategy with the mission of enhancing capacity to support high-tech, modern, criminal investigations involving both device-based and online digital evidence. COS supports modern investigations and best positions the OPP to meet the emerging challenges of advancing technology.
COS is now located in a dedicated facility; enabling members to collaborate under one roof. Comm. Thomas Carrique and invited guests were on hand Sept. 30 to cut the ceremonial ribbon on the OPP Cyber Operations Centre — the new home of the Cyber Operations Section and an important milestone for the OPP Cyber Strategy.
The Cybercrime Investigations Team, Digital Forensics, and the Forensic Video Analysis Unit are now together under one roof in the newly-renovated building behind the OPP Academy Residence in Orillia. This modern workspace will enhance the continued sharing of knowledge, expertise and equipment in a custom-designed, purpose-built in a facility.
“The OPP has had specialized resources that have been collaborating for several years to conduct device-based and internet-based criminal investigations,” says Chief Supt. Paul Beesley, the executive lead for the OPP Cyber Strategy since day one. “Finally, we have our talented, dedicated people and state of the art technology under one roof to continue our tradition of professional excellence.”
The OPP Cyber Operations Centre is not intended nor designed for direct public access. Police agencies can contact the Cyber Operations Centre for assistance through established channels. If the public or municipalities have a cybercrime-related concern or incidences to report, they should first contact their local police service of jurisdiction.