Durham Regional Police Chief Constable Mike Ewles was recently elected Chair of Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO); an agency that enables police services to work in close collaboration to tackle organized crime issues.
CISO is a partnership between the government of Ontario and law enforcement agencies and focuses on reducing organized crime by bringing together resources dedicated to gathering intelligence, investigating crimes and enforcing provincial and federal laws.
These partnerships allow police and government to share important and timely information to identify and prevent many forms of organized crime. CISO also provides specialized intelligence training to officers and funding to support major organized crime investigations targeting issues such as street gangs, money laundering and human trafficking/exploitation.
“CISO allows police agencies and government to effectively exchange information that will target organized crime right here in Durham Region and across the province,” says Chief Constable Ewles. “I am looking forward to working with CISO in its efforts to eliminate these serious issues in our communities.”
The chief’s connection to CISO goes back many years to when he was the leader of the Criminal Intelligence Branch for the DRPS. He has remained actively involved in the organization as a leading voice and supporter for information sharing.
CISO is part of a Canadian network of similar provincial organizations that make up Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC) and Chief Constable Ewles will serve as Ontario’s representative at that federal association.
In 2011, Chief Constable Ewles will be bringing a major CISO conference to Durham Region. The annual CISO Operations Conference (a.k.a. the “Ops” Conference) will attract over 150 delegates from across Ontario to our community in the Fall of 2011.
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