Corporal Lepa Jankovic joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2000 and was assigned to general duties in Nova Scotia. Due to her Eastern European background and ability with languages, she transferred to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in Toronto to become an investigator. Cpl. Jankovic worked for the RCMP Immigration and Passport Section in Hamilton where she was the lead investigator on Project OPAPA, which is dubbed as Canada’s largest human trafficking investigation to go before Canadian courts. Following the paper trail of money and documents led to the successful prosecution of OPAPA and as a result, Cpl. Jankovic was transferred to the Hamilton Financial Crime Unit.
As she successfully led investigations into synthetic identity and international money laundering for Projects O’ID and OBOURNE, she became captivated with the relationship between crime and money, which led to her CAMS certification. Her passion for forming a relationship between the financial sector and law enforcement in the fight against human trafficking was recognized by ACAMS with a Public-Private Partnership Award for her participation in Project Protect.
Since 2016, Cpl. Jankovic has been an investigator with the Sensitive and International Investigations Unit in Ottawa where she currently investigates extraterritorial torture of Canadian citizens abroad.