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Annual Report on the Use of Electronic Surveillance as Required Under Section 195 of The Criminal Code, 2000

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22 pages
In accordance with the Canadian Parliament's statutory mandate under section 195 of the Criminal Code, this annual report presents information and statistics that pertain to the judicially authorized interception of private communications by electronic means.
The report covers applications for authorizations of electronic surveillance in relation to specified offenses. The report also contains information related to certain Criminal Code offenses that occurred in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, or the Yukon, as well as offenses that meet either of the requirements contained in section 2 of the Security Offences Act. Section II of this report presents an overview of the key procedural requirements of Part VI of the Criminal Code. This is followed by a section of the report that presents data collected by agents of the Solicitor General, who are designated pursuant to paragraph 185(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and information and data contained in the operational reports of police agencies that requested applications for authorized interception by means of 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. The report concludes that the lawful interception of private communications is a vital law enforcement tool for the investigation of organized crime groups, especially regarding trafficking in illicit drugs. Data in this report indicate that the majority of authorizations issued were for the investigation of trafficking in a controlled substance. 8 tables, 5 figures, and appended list of designated agents of the Solicitor General who made an application for an authorization and a list of designated peace officers who made an application for an authorization