The SHOCAP (Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program) Unit works to hold young, habitual offenders to account through communication, supervision and interagency support.
The SHOCAP Unit consists of a Sergeant, a Corporal, and three Constables. Their mandate is to work with Community Corrections to identify high risk young people, typically between the ages of 15-25, that are actively engaged in criminal activity that may be serious and escalating in nature. Once the individuals are identified, each member of the unit is assigned to monitor their activities. SHOPCAP members will introduce themselves to the individual and try to stay in regular contact.
The SHOCAP Unit meets with Community Corrections (Ministry of Corrections and Policing) multiple times throughout the year to add, subtract, or update individuals in the SHOCAP program. To “graduate” the program, an individual will have to be free of criminal activity for at least a year and removal will be done in agreement with all parties involved.
On average, there are about 20-25 individuals enrolled in the program at one time.
Along with SHOCAP responsibilities, members in the unit also investigate personal and commercial robberies that are complex in nature or require significant attention that patrol units would not have the ability to otherwise investigate.