Earlier this week, Saskatchewan RCMP provided specialized training to first responders on identifying potential indicators of terrorist activity. The training was delivered by the RCMP's National Security Enforcement Section (NSES) under the First Responder Terrorism Awareness Program. This was the latest in a series of workshops designed to heighten awareness among front-line responders.
The goal of the three-day Counter Terrorism Information Officers (CTIO) workshop is to inform and educate first responders (police, paramedics, firefighters, etc.) on key indicators of criminal or terrorist activity that might otherwise go unnoticed and unreported. Approximately 65 representatives attended from across Saskatchewan, including various government stakeholders, industry representatives, and members of the RCMP and Regina Police Service. Presenters included academic experts and counter-terrorism specialists.
"Increasing knowledge and heightening awareness of criminal and terrorist activities is the first step towards ensuring public safety and national security," said NSES Public Engagement Officer, Cst. Cyril Sweetville. "Educating first responders on what signs they should be looking for is critical to supporting our national security priorities."
Additional workshops will be held in Saskatchewan in the coming months.
The mandate of the Saskatchewan RCMP's NSES Unit is to investigate criminal offences and acts arising from terrorism, espionage, nuclear security risks, foreign influenced activities, incidents involving the security of an Internationally Protected Person, the unlawful release of national security information and terrorist financing.
Protecting Canada's national security is a shared responsibility. The RCMP engages its domestic law enforcement partners and the diverse Canadian communities to create a strong and integrated approach to counter terrorist activity and radicalization to violence.