About Project KARE

Project “KARE” is an investigational unit originally created with the highest priority to examine the deaths of several “High Risk Missing Persons” who were found in rural areas surrounding the City of Edmonton. KARE has since expanded its mandate to include cases of murdered or missing high risk persons from all parts of Alberta. One of the objectives of project “KARE” is to investigate all leads, capture and prosecute the person(s) responsible for these crimes.

information_computerIn the fall of 2002, the “K” Division Criminal Operations Officer requested a strategic analysis of all high risk missing females in the Province of Alberta. The Division Crime Analysis Section (DCAS) conducted an analysis and research into the current state of investigations regarding missing persons and unsolved homicides in Alberta. Based on specific criteria referred to as “High Risk Missing Persons” (HRMP) a report was submitted in November 2002.

In January 2003 the “K” Division Intelligence Officer made recommendations for a further review and analysis of these cases through the formation of a high risk missing person team (HRMPP- High Risk Missing Persons Project), with a further recommendation for the creation of a “Historical Homicide Unit (Cold Case Squad)”. This further analysis would incorporate the use of ViCLAS (Violent Crime Linkage Analysis Section) and Major Case Management protocols. 

The HRMP Project’s mandate was to identify, collect, collate, evaluate, and analyze all high risk missing persons and unsolved homicide cases in Alberta and the North West Region (Alberta, Saskatchewan,  Manitoba, North West Territories, Nunavut) to determine if any cases were “potentially linked” and if possible to identify offenders.

 Between September 2002 and April 2003, members of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit in Edmonton and Calgary, together with investigators from the detachments having jurisdiction, investigated the murders of five High Risk Missing Persons. Each of the victims lived a high risk life style involving prostitution and drugs in the City of Edmonton.

On October 14, 2003, after completion of Phase I & II Deputy Commissioner William SWEENEY, then-Commanding Officer "K" Division, established Project KARE (phase III) of the HRMPP to deal with cases from Alberta.

“Project” KARE has evolved considerably since its inception and is no longer considered a “Project.” It is now a permanent unit within RCMP “K” Division’s Serious Crimes Branch. KARE was the launching point for two other units that are also part of the Serious Crimes Branch - the Alberta Missing Persons and Unidentified Human Remains (AMPUHR) Project and the Historical Homicide Unit (cold case squad.)

KARE is highly regarded by police agencies from across Canada and it has been used as a model for investigating complex cases of this nature.

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"No greater honor will ever be bestowed on an officer or a more profound duty imposed on him than when he is entrusted with the investigation of the death of a human being. It is his duty to find the facts regardless of color, lifestyle or creed without prejudice and to let no power on earth deter him from presenting the facts to the court without regard to personality."

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