Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the House of Commons and the Senate released four reports examining the terrorist attack on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014.
These four reports were requested by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the RCMP in order to provide clarity regarding the events of Oct. 22, to review all actions taken by security forces, and to provide suggestions on a way forward towards improving security within the parliamentary precinct.Two of the reports were conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP): the Independent Investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police into the Death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, further to the request of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and the Independent Investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police into the RCMP Security Posture on Parliament Hill.
These two investigations included a detailed forensic analysis as well as a thorough account of the events, based on extensive interviews conducted with many witnesses.
The areas examined in the investigation into the RCMP's security posture included: the RCMP's security posture on the grounds of Parliament Hill at the time of the incident, including compliance with Standard Operating Procedures; and the RCMP's initial incident response, including actions of RCMP officers, operational communications and compliance with the Operational Preparedness Plan. From this report came 66 recommendations. Some of the recommendations have already been implemented while some will take additional analysis and consultation with our partners.Also released today are the RCMP's After Action Review and the House of Commons Incident Response Summary. Information in the two OPP reports and the RCMP'S After Action Review has been redacted in order to protect personal privacy and the Parliament of Canada's security posture. The House of Commons Incident Response Summary was written for public consumption and therefore only includes information that will not jeopardize security.
"By releasing these reports, we want to provide a better understanding of what transpired that day. It truly was a team effort," said House of Commons Speaker Scheer. "We also want to highlight the extensive steps that have been taken with our security partners to enhance our security posture and to ensure that the grounds of Parliament remain open and secure."
"These reviews will assist in providing us with answers and demonstrate we are on the right track in mitigating future threats on Parliament Hill," said Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud. "This is an opportunity to strengthen security while maintaining a Parliament that is accessible and secure for all Parliamentarians, employees and visitors."
The RCMP and the House of Commons wish to thank the OPP for their diligent work in conducting these thorough reviews. With this tragic event also came the opportunity to re-examine how security is provided on Parliament Hill and how best the security partners can address the identified gaps in order to improve operations.
"All security partners are committed to working together to strengthen the security posture on Parliament Hill," said Senate Speaker Housakos. "We will continue to build on the advances towards interoperability that have been made by the three organizations over their long history of collaboration."All four reports are now available to the public on the RCMP and Parliament of Canada Web sites.