Major Case Management (MCM) is an innovative approach to solving crimes and dealing with complex incidents. All of Ontario’s police services use MCM to investigate certain types of serious crimes – homicides, sexual assaults and abductions.
MCM combines specialized police training and investigation techniques with a computer software system called Powercase. The software manages the vast amounts of information involved in investigations of serious crimes.
It is especially useful in helping police identify common links in crimes committed in different locations – crimes that might have been committed by the same person.
Police services across Ontario must use MCM as part of their investigation into certain types of serious crimes such as homicides, sexual assaults and abductions.
MCM helps police solve major cases by:
Here are examples of high profile cases where police used Major Case Management:
After the 1995 conviction of Paul Bernardo on a number of charges including murder, the province’s Lieutenant Governor appointed Mr. Justice Archie Campbell to review the roles played by the police, the Centre of Forensic Sciences, the Office of the Chief Coroner and the provincial government during the Bernardo investigations.
In his 1996 report, Justice Campbell found that the lack of coordination, cooperation and communications among police and other parts of the justice system contributed to a dangerous serial predator “falling through the cracks.”
One of Justice Campbell’s key recommendations was that the province set up a common automated case management system for Ontario’s police services to use in investigations into homicides and sexual assaults.
Ontario is the only place in the world to have this type of computerized network for case management. It means that when there is a serious incident, any police service in the province will use the system in their investigation right from the start.
Since 2002, all municipal police services and the Ontario Provincial Police have had access to the Major Case Management system.