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Lead Security Agency for Physical Security

Welcome to the RCMP Lead Security Agency website for the physical protection of the Government of Canada.

As mandated by Treasury Board under Section 6.2 and Appendix B of the Policy on Government Security, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the lead security agency responsible to provide leadership and coordination for departmental activities that help ensure the physical protection of the federal government information, assets, facilities and people.

The Departmental Security Branch, as part of the RCMP Technical Operations Directorate, is the unit overseeing the lead security agency program and the planning, coordination and delivery of physical security related advice, guidance and services to federal departments.

More specifically, Departmental Security Branch is responsible for:

  • Developing policy instruments, guidelines, and tools related to physical security;
  • Leading interdepartmental committees and working groups;
  • Collecting and reviewing best practices for physical security;
  • Coordinating research on physical security;
  • Providing advice and guidance to departments on the physical protection of government documents, assets and facilities (including facility design) and on physical security equipment, systems, procedures and countermeasures; and
  • Representing the Government of Canada on national and international initiatives related to crime prevention and physical security.