The province's top cops gathered in Gander on Wednesday, as officials revealed details of a new police effort.

The mandate of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit is to fight child exploitation, drugs and organized crime across Newfoundland and Labrador. 

RCMP Supt. Bill Malone is enforcement head officer, and said while it seems like a new concept, the RCMP and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary have been working together for many years.

"This is kind of a more formalized approach to this," said Malone.

The unit received $1 million from the provincial government in the spring budget, and has so far made more than 22 arrests — all related to child exploitation.

While most of the 40 RCMP and RNC officers and civilians work at the unit's head office in St. John's, it promises to cover the entire province. 

RCMP Supt. Bill Malone

RCMP Supt. Bill Malone. (CBC)

"We're doing a lot of plainclothes duties and so forth," said Malone. 

"So we may be in the community, but you may not know we're in the community — and there's a reason for that. There's operational reasons for that, as I'm sure you understand. But the people in this group will be working throughout the province. We will be working files west of the Overpass."

It's no coincidence Gander hosted the press conference, a show of solidarity with the town that now has a resident biker gang to deal with.

Gander Mayor Claude Elliott said everyone is working together.

"And we're going to fight this, we're going to take steps in the jurisdiction we have, to make their life miserable, and I don't care," said Elliott. 

"I said to someone, 'I don't live in fear, I believe we have to fight back.'"

RNC Chief Robert Johnston hopes the increased police presence will help people feel secure.

"It's important that we reach out, and speak to the people in the community ...and say that we're there, to make sure they're safe," said Johnston.