Threats to national security can come in any form: chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear; an explosive device; a computer virus; or a simple bank transaction that funds terrorism. Canada is not immune. If you suspect, or have encountered terrorist planning or support activities, please call 1-800-420-5805.
As Canada’s national law enforcement service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), has a wide range of national security-related mandates and responsibilities. These include: national security criminal investigations, protective policing, border integrity, critical infrastructure protection, marine security, air carrier protection, critical incident management and a host of related support services. The RCMP also provides contract policing services in many cities, provinces and territories across Canada.
The RCMP’s national security activities are founded on its capability and capacity to conduct criminal investigations into national security-related, primarily terrorist and criminal activity. Through a centralized control structure, the RCMP’s National Security Criminal Investigations (NSCI) Program receives oversight, guidance and direction from National Headquarters.
The NSCI Program aims to reduce the threat of terrorist criminal activity in Canada and abroad by preventing, detecting, investigating, and gathering evidence to support the prosecution of those involved in national security-related criminal acts.
The Assistant Commissioner of the NSCI Program is responsible for the overall operation, administration and coordination of all the components of the NSCI Program. Two key components of this Program are the Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSETs) and National Security Enforcement Sections (NSESs), which are located in Divisions across the country.
Strategically based in locations across the country, INSET teams collect, share and analyze information and intelligence that concern threats to national security and criminal extremism/ terrorism. INSETs are integrated teams made up of representatives of the RCMP, federal partners and agencies and provincial and municipal police services, whereas NSESs are solely comprised of RCMP employees.
Their duties include counter-terrorism in partnership with both domestic and foreign agencies to enhance prevention measures against the threat of terrorism. INSETs/NSESs are centrally controlled by National Headquarters and undertake national security criminal investigations into terrorist activities as needed in the antiterrorism provisions of the Criminal Code as well as any occurence arising out of a threat to the security of Canada, under the Security Offenses Act.
The RCMP is committed to working in partnership with both domestic and foreign agencies to enhance prevention measures against the threat of terrorism in North America and elsewhere.
An example of this commitment is the RCMP’s participation in Canada-US and interdepartmental national security committees and working groups aimed at enhancing transport security, border integrity, intelligence and information sharing, and counter-radicalization preventive measures.
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