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  DRPS Detective WIns National Award

Aug 15, 2009 11:23 ET

Shutting down an organized crime syndicate’s multi-million dollar card skimming operation has led to national recognition for a DRPS Detective.

Det. Jeff Caplan of the Major Fraud Unit was recognized Aug. 12th with a Canadian Banks’ Law Enforcement Award (CBLEA) in Charlottetown, PEI at the annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. Chief Mike Ewles and Board Chair Terry Clayton were on hand to congratulate Det. Caplan on the achievement.

Another police officer, Detective Stu Keown of the Calgary Police Service was also recognized for bringing a knife-wielding serial bank robber to justice.

“It is a great honour to recognize the outstanding efforts of these two individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to combat crime against Canadian banks, their customers and their employees,” said Nathalie Clark, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA). “Banks in Canada have a close working relationship with police and we assist with many of their investigations. This ceremony is a great opportunity to publicly recognize the hard work of two highly dedicated officers.”

As a member of the Durham Regional Police Service’s Major Fraud Unit, Detective Jeff Caplan was a leading investigator with “Project Off-Guard” a joint operation of the DRPS and the Ontario Provincial Police’s Organized Crime Unit. In this role, Detective Caplan developed strong relationships with bank security professionals across the Greater Toronto Area to investigate a series of card skimming crimes that were believed to be connected.

Through his collaborative approach and astute investigative skills, Detective Caplan was instrumental in the identification, profiling and arrest of 93 suspects, resulting in 1063 debit and credit card skimming offence charges. The majority of those arrested are believed to be members of a number of organized crime groups.

The Canadian Bankers Association said Detective Caplan "raised the bar for card skimming investigations in Canada" and continues to proactively target the organized crime groups behind these operations. For more information on the CBA award please click here.

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