Since January 2013, DRPS has maintained a continued investigative effort to combat Human Trafficking in Durham Region. As time progressed, it became apparent that offenders regularly travelled between jurisdictions and policing boundaries, and tracking these offenders often proved difficult.
PowerCase is a provincially mandated database/software system for policing agencies to manage incidents of major crime. Police services are required to submit all major incidents, including offences such as homicide, robbery and sexual assault. The system is designed to link similar cases and provides investigators with triggers indicating potential matches.
The offence of Human Trafficking is not a designated offence for submission to PowerCase. In May 2014, DRPS received authorization to add Human Trafficking related incidents to PowerCase in an effort to track offenders and victims across jurisdictional boundaries.
In the past year the DRPS has added 140 investigations related to the sex trade. Several other policing agencies have followed suit and have begun to add their Human Trafficking cases to PowerCase including Toronto and Peel. This has resulted in regular triggers connecting cases and investigators across Policing jurisdictions.
Members of Major Crime were recently honoured by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for their initiative to add Human Trafficking incidents to PowerCase.
As the database for Human Trafficking offenders grows provincially, the PowerCase software system is becoming a very powerful tool for investigators.
Sgt. Ron Kapuscinski, D/Sgt. Mitch Martin & Insp. Mario Lessard (JPG file, 151.9K bytes)