August 22, 2014 1:00 pm

RCMP, police to host twitter chat today on organized crime in Canada

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and Ontario Provicnial Police Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod will host the twitter chat today, beginning at 4 p.m. PT.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, dpa, Soeren Stache

VANCOUVER – If you’ve ever wanted to pose questions about organized crime in Canada directly to police, here’s your chance.

A group of 25 senior law enforcement officials are gathered in Victoria today to discuss the threats posed by organized crime in Canada, and also to host an open twitter chat on the topic.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod are hosting the Twitter chat today, beginning at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET).

Tweets are starting to trickle in:

The public is encouraged to participate and follow the discussion by using the hashtag #orgcrimechat or by following @rcmpgrcpolice and @OPP_News on twitter.

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Police say the goal of the chat is to respond to questions and raise awareness about the impact of organized crime in Canada.

“The vast majority of Canadians have no direct involvement in organized crime but it has a direct impact on society within and beyond Canada’s borders,” reads a statement issued by the RCMP. “[This] first-time Twitter chat on this topic is key to helping Canadians avoid being victims or unwitting supporters of organized criminal activity.”

According to the RCMP, 672 organized crime groups are active in Canada, with many centered in major metropolitan areas for reasons of anonymity and easy access to markets and ports.

Illegal activities such as drug trafficking, cyber crime and financial crime make up the main activities of organized crime groups in Canada.

The black market for drugs in Canada is estimated at $77.83 billion, with trafficking accounting for 57 per cent of that total, according to RCMP.

More information on organized crime is available here.

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