The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is comprised of the OPP Child Exploitation Section, 18 municipal police services, two Crown Attorney provincial coordinators and one victim services coordinator. The 18 police service partners include: Barrie , Brantford , Durham Regional , Guelph , Greater Sudbury , Halton Regional , Hamilton , Kingston , London , Niagara Regional , Ottawa , Peel Regional, Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Waterloo Regional, Windsor and York Regional.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service is committed to the Provincial Strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the Internet. Investigators work closely with the other members of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children, including law enforcement through Canada, the United States and the rest of the world.
The Child Exploitation Unit is comprised of three members. One full time officer and two part time officers who divide their time between Major Case Branch investigations and Child Exploitation investigations. The office is located in the Investigative Services Building next to Police Headquarters.
The Child Exploitation Unit investigates offences involving, the possession and distribution of child pornography, website complaints, social media, online luring and sex texting.
Stats from 2012:
Total investigations: 92
Total charges laid: 26
Total persons charged: 14
Search warrants executed: 15
One of the responsibilities as a member of the Provincial Strategy on Child Exploitation is the identification of victims of Child Pornography. The Child Exploitation unit has identified over 25 victims of child exploitation on the internet.
Members of the Child Exploitation Investigative Unit can be reached at the following telephone numbers: 519-650-8500 extension 8671.