The Forensic Identification Unit (FIU)
The Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) assists other police units in the investigation of crimes ranging from thefts to homicides. At Regina Police Service, FIU is composed of a team of forensic identification investigators, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) technician, a civilian photographic technician, and two non-commissioned officers.
Forensic Identification investigators, trained at the Canadian Police College, are tasked with examining crime scenes for physical evidence such as latent fingerprints, DNA, blood, and footwear impressions. They use forensic techniques including photography, alternate light sources, bloodstain pattern analysis, and ridgeology (fingerprint examination) to locate, collect, document and analyze physical evidence that can identify suspects.
The world of forensic science is constantly changing and growing, and as a result the members of FIU have to be familiar with many disciplines including entomology, anthropology, anatomy, physiology, genetics and chemistry.
SPAM & SCAMS
SPAM & Scams are major problems that takes up valuable time and increase costs for consumers, business, governments and police.
Don’t try, don’t buy and don’t reply to SPAM. Just delete it. It’s a great way to prevent receiving more SPAM & Scams in the future. You can also report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
If you are a Regina resident and have experienced financial loss due to fraudulent activity or a scam please file a report with Regina Police Service in person.
The Regina Police Service Commercial Crime Section deals with a wide range of scams. The following list provides a description of common scams (or “pitches”) to be aware of. Investigations generally begin as a result of public complaints or inquiries.
The Phoney Bank Inspector Scam where you receive a phone request to assist the bank in catching a dishonest employee by withdrawing money and turning it over to a bank representative. A Regina senior was recently victimized in excess of $10,000.00 by this scam. Banks never ask their clients to help resolve criminal or personnel matters nor would they ask clients to use their own money to assist in this way.
Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Information is also becoming more common. In a number of recent cases, the opportunity to compromise the credit card occurs when a person phones a restaurant and places an order for food to be delivered to the caller’s residence. The caller pays for the food by credit card, either giving out the card number and expiry date on the phone or by giving that information to the delivery person. It should be noted that many establishments legitimately do business in this manner, but police have received complaints in instances where the credit card information is essentially “stolen” and used by someone other than the credit car holder. Investigations are made more difficult by the fact that many restaurants sub-contract their food-delivery business to other companies, which may or may not keep detailed employee records. This makes it more difficult to determine the point of compromise and hold the person(s) responsible for the fraud. Be cautious any time you release personal financial information. An unscrupulous individual needs only the credit card number and the expiry date to make unauthorized purchases. Even if the legitimate owner of the card is insured against such losses, he or she may suffer an interruption in service while the credit card company does its own investigation. Debit cards are less likely to be compromised as long as the owner guards the PIN (personal identification number). We also remind people that their caution should extend to the manner in which they dispose of credit card bills or receipts. Careless disposal of such documents may also present an opportunity for a crime to occur.
Unless you are sure of the person with whom you are dealing, never give out your credit card information over the Internet. Everyday, the Commercial Crime Unit of the Regina Police Service receives complaints of individuals using their credit cards over the Internet to make purchases, only to be later defrauded by persons using their credit card information. (The victims never receive their purchases however, are still held responsible for the loss by the credit card company).
Protect your SIN
The Commercial Crime Section also reminds people of the importance of protecting one’s Social Insurance Number, or SIN. An unscrupulous individual or member of a criminal organization may fraudulently obtain the SINs of unsuspecting individuals and use those numbers to open credit card accounts, bank accounts and lines of credit. This will cause financial hardship to the victims in the short term and may also adversely affect their credit histories/status. Do not supply your Social Insurance Number unless it is absolutely necessary. Never give out your SIN on the Internet, on job applications or over the phone. Most people know their Social Insurance Numbers by heart, so don’t even carry your SIN card in your wallet in case of a theft or loss.