New Police Unit to Focus on Illegal Gambling
Prince George, B.C.- The Province has formed a special investigation unit aimed at cracking down on illegal gaming and money laundering in casinos in B.C.
The new Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team will be located within the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), B.C.’s anti- gang unit. Kevin Hackett, chief operating officer of CFSEU, says the team will focus on organized crime and gangs “The objective of the Joint Illegal Gaming Investigative Team is to provide a dedicated, integrated, and coordinated multi-jurisdictional investigative and enforcement response to illegal gaming in B.C.”
The new team will eventually consist of two teams of 22 police officers and four investigators from the Ministry of Finance Gaming Police and Enforcement Branch.
Funding for the unit will be shared between BC Lottery Corporation (70%) and the federal government through the Provincial Police Service Agreement (30%).
Funding for the joint team is planned for five years, with a review of the unit’s performance before that agreement is renewed in 5 years.