At it’s core, the Major Crimes Unit conducts investigations relating to:
- Homicides and other deaths
- Attempted murder and aggravated assault
- Hostage takings and kidnappings
- Missing person cases where foul play or harm is suspected
- Officer-involved events (locally and throughout the province)
- Other sensitive complex investigations
The Major Crimes Unit is made up of a lead Inspector, one Detective Staff Sergeant, and 10 Detective Sergeant investigators. Members of the unit are highly trained, experienced and dedicated. MCU investigators attend a variety of training through the Canadian Police College, along with a multitude of courses related to death investigations, interviewing techniques, disclosure, forensic and digital evidence, major case management, and writing a variety of judicial authorizations such as search warrants.
The Major Crimes Unit is also supported by a newly developed area called the Major Case Management Unit (MCM). Two sworn officers and a civilian staff member work closely with MCU investigators by organizing, coordinating, structuring, and prioritizing large volumes of investigative information obtained during major investigations.
Members of the Major Crimes Unit often draw upon support personnel from many other areas of the Regina Police Service when conducting investigations. MCU investigations also often include support from other RPS units such as the Street Gang Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, intelligence services, covert operational support, and patrol members. MCU members also work closely with the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service and Crown Prosecutors.