Let me begin by thanking everyone for your cooperation and patience yesterday during the significant police presence in your community. I want to assure you that there is no threat to public safety at this time and we took every possible measure to mitigate any potential threat at the time of arrest. Yesterday's operation was conducted in a manner to protect citizens and police.
I acknowledge there has been a delay in communicating with the public on the nature of the threat and the arrests. It is imperative that we follow appropriate judicial processes, engage with the community and ultimately ensure the integrity of the investigation.
I am now in a position to confirm a few more details with you.
Earlier today, the RCMP charged one young person under the following criminal code offences:
- Knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, contrary to section 83.19 of the Criminal Code; and,
- Counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device to, into, in or against a place of public use with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, contrary to section 431.2 of the Criminal Code, offence which was not committed, and did thereby commit an offence contrary to section 464(a) of the Criminal Code.
No further details will be provided due to the age of the individual.
A second individual, an adult male, has also been arrested. We continue to have an active, ongoing investigation.
To give you some background, the RCMP received credible information of a potential terrorist threat in late December 2018. We immediately started a robust national security investigation and the RCMP was able to gather sufficient evidence for the Attorney General to approve laying s.83.19 charges against the individual.
As I alluded to earlier, we are mindful of the impacts that arrests like this have on the community. I would like to once again assure you that the RCMP immediately took the necessary steps to ensure public safety. While these are significant charges, there was no imminent threat to the public or infrastructure.
Many of you may have wondered about the airplane reported over Kingston recently. We can confirm that RCMP air assets were involved in this investigation. Investigations of this nature are extremely complex and resource intensive, as the RCMP must balance the collection of evidence with maintaining public safety. I can confirm that at this time, the RCMP has required over 300 resources to support this investigation.
Investigations of this nature require extensive cooperation and collaboration with domestic and international partners. I would like to acknowledge our partners in this investigation, notably the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose continued collaboration with the RCMP on operational files such as these contribute to a safe and secure border. Here in Canada, we'd like to emphasize the support of:
- Kingston Police
- OPP - Ontario Provincial Police
- CBSA - Canada Border Services Agency
- CSIS - Canadian Security Intelligence Services
- FINTRAC - Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
We encourage the public to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.
We will now take a few questions from the media.
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