In May 2004, the Government of Canada launched the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet (NSPCSEI) and announced that Cybertip.ca would become an integral partner of the strategy.
The goals of the NSPCSEI are to:
Cybertip.ca’s role under the strategy includes operating the national tipline, in addition to conducting public awareness and education programming.
On February 10, 2009, the Government of Canada announced the renewal of its National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet, which includes ongoing funding for Cybertip.ca. This continued partnership and the generous support of the federal government will help reduce child victimization and ensure all Canadians have access to our programs and services.
Public Safety Canada is the federal department responsible for the coordination of the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
The National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC), an integral part of Canada’s National Police Services, was created to help protect children from online sexual exploitation. The Centre’s mandate is to reduce the vulnerability of children to Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation by identifying victimized children; investigating and assisting in the prosecution of sexual offenders; and, strengthening the capacity of municipal, territorial, provincial, federal, and international police agencies through training, research, and investigative support.
The RCMP’s Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre (HTNCC) works in collaboration with domestic and international agencies to develop an extensive number of partnerships, monitor investigations from a national perspective, facilitate the central processing of requests from international law enforcement agencies, provide analytical service and intelligence feedback to domestic law enforcement, and contribute to international data banks.
Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the fight against online child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse. Cybertip.ca supports their efforts by forwarding reports received through the tipline to policing agencies across Canada, and by working closely with law enforcement to identify opportunities to educate the Canadian public on issues related to sexually exploited children.
The following are just a few examples of how Cybertip.ca works together with law enforcement to better protect children:
Cybertip.ca is endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada (CISC), National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) and the National Law Enforcement Steering Committee on Internet-based Child Sexual Exploitation (co-chaired by the RCMP and Ontario Provincial Police).
The following police agencies have shown their support by including a direct link to Cybertip.ca on their websites. This ensures the tips and educational enquiries from the Canadian public are fielded from one central location.
Cybertip.ca has become and continues to be a valuable asset to law enforcement providing professional and effective front line triage of tips and reports of child exploitation. – D/Sgt John Siderius, Winnipeg Police Service
The employees of Cybertip have been doing an excellent job in assisting law enforcement and in promoting public education. I believe that Cybertip is a very valuable and necessary partner to law enforcement, who cannot combat the scourge of child sexual abuse, both inside and outside of Canada, alone. Police, the public and organizations such as Cybertip.ca must fight this battle together. The employees of Cybertip.ca should be proud of their efforts in helping combat this border less crime. – Corporal Jadie Spence, Halifax Integrated ICE Section
Cybertip.ca’s management of the National Tipline and their strong partnerships with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and members of the Canadian Law Enforcement community has resulted in the rescue of Canada’s most precious commodity, our children. – Corporal D.S. Fox, NCO i/c RCMP H Division
Thanks to specialized training and the administrative system of prioritizing reports, the Cybertip.ca analysts are able to quickly and efficiently identify situations which require immediate intervention. – Capitaine Frédérick Gaudreau, Sûreté du Québec
…since its inception, Cybertip.ca has been a great resource to law enforcement… information is provided in a timely way and is often fruitful for our investigations. It is important to continue to have a central agency receive and accurately distribute tips from the public to the appropriate police agencies, avoiding overlap and inefficiency of important police resources. Without the existence of this critical reporting tool for the public, there is no doubt that many children would be overlooked in the fight against online predators. In Toronto alone, in the year 2011, there were 43 arrests that can be attributed to the Cybertip.ca system. – Staff Inspector Mary lee Metcalfe, Toronto Police Service
Without the assistance of Cybertip.ca, this information may never have found its way to law enforcement and, as a result, many other young girls may have become victims of this offender. – D/C Stephanie Morgan, Kingston Police
Cybertip.ca has developed some of the best educational material that I have seen… Education is prevention and the more that exists, the better chance we have of reducing child victimization. – D/Sgt Frank Goldschmidt, Ontario Provincial Police
I feel Cybertip.ca has become indispensable to law enforcement in Canada. They have become the cyber “front line” in the war against internet child exploitation. – Sgt Brent Ross, NCO i/c Saskatchewan RCMP ICE Unit
I believe Cybertip.ca, our national reporting agency, is leading edge with respect to education and awareness on the issue of child exploitation. – S/Sgt Bev Csikos, NCO i/c Integrated Child Exploitation Team, RCMP E Division
Cybertip.ca continuously demonstrates an enhanced degree of professionalism and effectiveness in the front-line triage of tips and reports on the subject matter of child exploitation. Their data of information is quite beneficial in our investigations specifically in the identification of suspects…They have truly become a relied upon partner with our Units in the challenge of investigating cases of Internet Child Exploitation. – S/Sgt Steve Lorne, Southern Alberta ICE Unit