The Protective Operations Response Unit (PRU) assists other Protective Operations units in ensuring the safety and security of designated Canadian officials and their residences, including the Prime Minister, the Governor General, and international dignitaries visiting Canada. The PRU is also responsible for the protection and inviolability of the premises of foreign diplomatic properties in Canada, such as embassies, consulates and other designated locations in the National Capital Region. The RCMP's focus is on ensuring the sanctity of these properties and structures, so that they may continue to conduct essential diplomatic business.
In the event of incidents or criminal offences that may occur at an embassy or consulate, the local police service of jurisdiction would be responsible for the police response to and investigation of such incidents.
What areas are Protective Operations responsible for?
National Capital Region Protective Operations includes:
- Governor General Protection Detail
The Governor General Protection Detail is responsible at all times for the personal protection of the Governor General, as well as security measures at Rideau Hall.
- Prime Minister Protection Detail
The Prime Minister Protection Detail is responsible for ensuring the protection of the Prime Minister in Canada and abroad, and protecting the official residences.
- VIP Protection Detail
The VIP Protection Detail safeguards Canadian and foreign dignitaries, as well as visiting International Protected Persons.
- Protective Operations Response Unit
The Protective Operations Response Unit assists other units with the safety and security of Canadian officials such as the Prime Minister and the Governor General, as well as international dignitaries and their residences and embassies.
- Emergency Response Team
The National Division Emergency Response Team is a tactical team that responds to, and resolves, incidents that are beyond the response capabilities of regular police personnel due to elevated levels of risk. They are trained in advanced concepts such as aircraft intervention and hostage rescue tactics.
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