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Organizational Structure


Mental Health Unit

The Mental Health Unit resides under the Administration Division. The unit provides real-time support to front line officers responding to in-progress crisis-related calls. After police contacts, the mental health officer coordinates community resources to follow-up with citizens in need. The officer’s ongoing caseload consists of residents in New Westminster who have severe mental illness and generate excessive or high-risk police contacts. Working closely with community partners (mental health clinicians, probation officers, forensics, crown counsel and other service providers) strategies are developed to support and reduce a client’s incidents of crisis.

Criminal Intelligence Unit

The Criminal Intelligence Unit is responsible for collecting, analyzing and interpreting a variety of investigative and intelligence data to support investigative activities as well as assisting police management in the prevention of crime and efficient deployment of resources to address current patterns of criminal activity. The unit comprises of a partnership between a police detective and a civilian crime analyst. This unit is the central conduit for information distribution throughout the police department. The Criminal Intelligence Unit also distributes relevant information to and from other justice agency partners.

Specialized Investigations Unit

The Specialized Investigations Unit is dedicated to investigating sexual assaults and applies a model that has been successful in the New Westminster Police Department’s investigations of domestic violence files. In this model a specially trained detective is paired with a community counselor, to provide the best possible service to victims. This model ensures timely access to support for the victim that continues from the time of reporting the crime through to the end of the criminal process and beyond if required.

Forensic Identification Unit

The Forensic Identification Unit provides support services to investigators. The section’s role is to examine crime scenes and associated exhibits, locate, document and develop relevant evidence, and provide impartial reports and opinions to investigators as well as the Courts. Members develop knowledge and expertise relating to the development of fingerprints and fingerprint evidence, footwear comparison, collection of DNA, forensic video applications, bloodstain evidence, photography, and many other areas. Identification members assist investigators in crimes such as assaults, robberies, and homicides.

Integrated Units

The New Westminster Police Department is committed to providing the best service possible to the citizens of New Westminster. Through the integration of specialized police services, the New Westminster Police Department is able to provide resources to these integrated units to ensure that we are better able to deal with cross-jurisdictional crimes. The New Westminster Police Department currently has 14 Members seconded to various investigative and operational integrated units throughout the Lower Mainland. These secondment opportunities are with the following units:

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Provincial Hate Crime Unit
Integrated Gang Task Force (IGTF) Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) Real Time Intel Centre (RTIC)
Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit
Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU)
Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team
Police Dog Service (IPDS)


Major Crime Unit

The Major Crime Unit is responsible for the primary or supplemental investigation of serious criminal offences such as robbery, serious person’s offences (assaults causing injury, sexual assaults, etc), complex fraud investigations, suspicious deaths, etc. The Major Crime Unit is also responsible for providing investigative assistance to other sections within the Service as well as being the primary liaison with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Crime Reduction Unit

Formally known as the Operational Support Unit, the new Crime Reduction Unit is assigned to the Patrol Division and is comprised of a Sergeant and four Constables. The Crime Reduction Unit is responsible for apprehending suspects wanted on warrants, targeting, following up with weekly crime priorities, and providing operational support to all divisions within the NWPD. Members of the Crime Reduction Unit perform their work in both uniforms and plainclothes capacities by way of police vehicles, bike enforcement, marine patrols, and other methods.

Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible unit of the department.  Patrol Officers respond to calls for assistance, maintain public order, detect and prevent criminal activity, conduct the initial investigation of reported crimes and engage in proactive policing duties 24 hours a day, every day.

Their commitment and professionalism provide a balanced approach to both criminal and social issues. They represent law and order and safeguard the lives and property of the people they serve.

Street Crime Unit

The Street Crime Unit is a unit in the Support Services Division. The primary function is to proactively identify and respond to crime trends with a focus on property crime including Break and Enters, conduct drug investigations, and support the Major Crime Unit. The Street Crime Unit fulfills its mandate through plainclothes, undercover, and surveillance operations, amongst other tactics.

Traffic Unit

The NWPD Traffic Unit’s primary purpose is to reduce accidents, save lives, and facilitate the safe and efficient movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the city.

The Traffic Unit conducts traffic enforcement operations targeted at specific problem locations as well as public information campaigns related to traffic safety. Traffic officers are deployed to those areas of the city where traffic violations are problematic. In many cases, deployment is based directly on citizen complaints of traffic violations in particular neighborhoods.

The Traffic Unit utilizes patrol cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, foot patrol and even the use of police bicycles to ensure the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians throughout the city.

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