Antiterrorism... Does that word make you ask, "are some of your Police Officers becoming "Jack Bauer1", or are they on the hunt for the infamous "Bin Laden"?
No, not exactly. The members of the Antiterrorism, Emergency Measures and Risk Analysis Unit closely follow all current news connected to terrorism and observe various large scale events to help them better address when emergency measures are needed. The Unit aims at being proactive rather than reactive.
The members of this Unit are Police Officers who have the safety of the Montreal public and that of their colleagues called to intervene in major events at heart. They put all the pieces into place to offer the best Police answers to minimize the impact of a possible terrorist incident.
Their principal mandates:
Scene involving CBRN
The members of the Unit are responsible to develop training scenarios for first responders, allowing them to intervene safely and effectively on any scene involving CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) elements. Training adapted to the needs of external partners is arranged to sensitize them and aims at preventing, detecting and at pushing back any possible threat.
Since March 1998, the Unit has directed the activities of the Comité aviseur antiterrorisme de Montréal (CAAM), whose objective is to improve the state of anti-terrorism intervener preparedness.
They also work on the flow of information, including the transportation of dangerous materials, the evacuation of the City of Montreal in the event of crisis, the deployment of Police Officers during a pandemic, the possibility of a plane crash, an overpowering heat wave, development and application of the plan developed in the "Plan québécois de lutte contre le terrorisme" (Quebec Plan to Fight Against Terrorism)", local intervention plans, etc.
The Antiterrorism, Emergency Measures and Risk Analysis Unit offers Active Shooter training to both private and public institutions such as schools, CEGEPs, universities, municipal Police bodies and people in charge of the safety of the health network or skyscrapers.
Following the shooting at Dawson College in 2006, the Coroner, referring to the SPVM program, recommended to organizations to better equip themselves in case of similar events. During the training, institutions improve their emergency measures plan by integrating a system with a special segment devoted to active shooters.
The groupe intégré à l'analyse de risques et à la protection de sites (GARPS)
For a few years, authorities in North America have felt increasingly concerned with security; because of this, the SPVM offers its support to Canadian companies and public agencies. The SPVM has highly specialized, multidisciplinary personnel trained in internationally recognized risk analysis methods. It decided to create GARPS, whose vast network makes it possible to offer an exceptional level of analysis. The services offered by these specialists take into account the reality of companies and worldwide tendencies in protection and security to answer terrorist threats.
In conclusion, they are not only offering the tools that SPVM Police Officers need, but also educating the public to make any interventions as professional and safe as possible. This complementary relationship is the goal of this Unit.
1 Fictitious character of the American series '24'.
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