Lawrence Skwarek

Director of IOSI British Columbia

Vancouver - Canada

In 2024, Lawrence Skwarek took the helm as Director of the IOSI British Columbia chapter, steering the forefront of technological advancement in modern forensic technologies and pioneering the establishment of a center for intelligence-gathering disciplines for IOSI Global.

Lawrence’s career trajectory has been stellar, with a formidable foundation of over 40 years in investigative excellence across British Columbia and extensive contacts throughout Canada. His service in the RCMP from 1969 to 1982 included transitioning from uniformed officer to leading various plainclothes squads over ten years.

Throughout his distinguished RCMP tenure, Lawrence adeptly managed a broad spectrum of sex crime investigations, notably coordinating the high-profile Clifford Olsen case and innovating an indexing system to track sex offenders meticulously. At the helm of the Richmond Fraud Unit, he trained and led a crack team of five investigators. He earned a reputation as possibly the top interrogator in Richmond and the entire Lower Mainland, consistently receiving top managerial ratings.

Lawrence’s expertise is not confined to investigative prowess; he is profoundly skilled in intelligence gathering, interrogation, negotiation, and the strategic management and coordination of large-scale police units across diverse divisions. His record of having the highest number of paid informants during his tenure in a GIS unit underscores his influential and trusted position in the Lower Mainland.

From 2001 to 2009, Lawrence’scompassion and commitment to societal well-being shone brightly as he served as the Executive Director of the Protect Our Children Society. Under his guidance, the organization reached out and provided crucial support to over 600 individuals battling sexual and drug abuse issues until financial constraints necessitated a closure.

Lawrence Skwarek remains pivotal in law enforcement and community safety, continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in forensic and investigative sciences.