Manitoba has launched a specialized task force to deal with violent crime in some rural communities.
Manitoba RCMP superintendent Scott McMurchy said Friday that the new initiative, known as the Strategic Enforcement Response Team (SERT) is aimed at targeting violent crime in certain communities — particularly crime driven by prolific offenders and members of street gangs.
The task force will use a phased approach to tackle these offenders — first gathering data and entering critical information about crimes and offenders into the RCMP’s database, which will then be pored over by analysts looking for patterns in areas where violent crime has spiked.
Their analysis will be passed on to major crimes officers, who will collect further investigative details and seek search warrants where needed.
The second phase, enforcement, will include operational plans to back up local detachments with resources from across Manitoba to help where needed, including emergency response teams, police dog services, air services, and more.