the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada. The
Royal Canadian Mounted Police is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body.
They provide a total federal policing service to all Canadians and policing services under contract to the three territories,
eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international
airports. The authorized strength of the RCMP is over 25,000.
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began moving towards a more regional management system under the direction of deputy commissioners.
Four regions were developed: Pacific, Northwestern, Central and Atlantic. This change ensures there is greater grass-roots
involvement in decision-making and also allows the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to invest more resources into frontline services.
Commissioner, operational direction is provided by Deputy Commissioners in charge of: Federal Services and Central Region
(Ottawa); Operations and Integration; National Police Services; Corporate Management and Comptrollership; Atlantic Region
(Halifax); North West Region (Regina); and, Pacific Region (Vancouver).
Kelly Ross is a 19 year member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who specializes in investigating the criminal use of diamonds
and jewelry; and he coordinates the Diamond Program, Customs and Excise Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is also a jeweler and gemologist and has testified in court as an expert on the criminal use of diamonds,
gemstones and jewelry. Kelly Ross is the author of The Fifth "C": The Criminal Use of Diamonds.
to the book description of The Fifth "C": The
Criminal Use of Diamonds, “it exposes why criminals are so drawn to diamonds, how diamonds are used in criminal
activity, and why it is difficult to stop this criminal activity. The foundation that diamond values are based on are the
Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut of a diamond. These are the Four C’s of diamond grading and have been the international
qualifiers used to define the value of diamonds for centuries. The contemporary diamond industry the world over has tried
to introduce a fifth C in an attempt to brand diamonds as “certified” or “conflict free”. The branding
provides added value to the diamonds but the jury is still out on what the Fifth C really is and the court of public opinion
will decide this.
value of diamonds is also being re-defined by criminals who have sought out diamonds and like commodities in North America
for decades. For criminals, diamonds are seen as instruments to facilitate criminal activity and in this age of money tracking
and anti-money laundering legislation, they are also used as a hedge against inflation and the authorities. In the world of
criminals who profit from diamonds, the Fifth C is Crime.”