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Annual Report on the Use of Electronic Surveillance as Required Under Subsection 195(1) of the Criminal Code, 1994

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28 pages
This report includes statistics pertaining to judicially authorized electronic surveillance for offenses in relation to which proceedings may be instituted at the instance of the Government of Canada and conducted by or on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada.
The report covers applications for electronic surveillance authorizations in relation to specified offenses under the following acts: Narcotic Control Act, Food and Drugs Act, Customs Act, Excise Act, Immigration Act, Bankruptcy Act, and Official Secrets Act. The report also contains information related to certain Criminal Code offenses, where the offense occurred in the Northwest Territories or the Yukon, as well as offenses that meet either of the requirements set out in section 2 of the Security Offenses Act. Section II of the report provides an overview of the key procedural requirements of Part VI of the Criminal Code; and Section III presents data provided by agents of the Solicitor General who are designated pursuant to paragraph 185(1)(a) and subsections 487.01(4) and (5) of the Criminal Code, as well as information and data contained in the operational reports of police forces that requested that applications be made for electronic surveillance. Section IV provides a general assessment of the importance of electronic surveillance for the investigation, detection, prevention, and prosecution of offenses in Canada as required by subsection 195(3) of the Criminal Code. Statistics show that electronic surveillance continues to play an important role in the successful detection and prosecution of criminality, particularly in relation to drug-trafficking offenses. The analysis suggests that the downward trend in the police use of electronic surveillance may have stabilized. It also appears that in cases where electronic surveillance is used, the number of persons identified per authorization continues to increase. 24 tables and 2 figures