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To harmonize the work of Canadian law enforcement community in identifying, preventing, deterring, and responding to criminal activities related to terrorism and national security threats.
The threat from terrorist criminal activity necessitates a global and integrated approach to policing. All levels of Canadian law enforcement play critical and complementary roles in national security, from community engagement to preventing, detecting, denying and responding to the threat.
- Promote collaboration and integration among law enforcement agencies and with appropriate public/private security and intelligence partners
- Improve ability to operate in a cooperative and integrated manner
- Develop processes and facilitate strong communication at all levels
- Recommend legislative reforms
- Promote education and training in matters of counter-terrorism and national security.
Significant Accomplishments 2016/2017:
- created a Provincial/Territorial Counter Terrorism Guide to support efforts in developing counter-terrorism strategies at the regional, provincial and territorial level. It includes 11 key activities that should be considered and adapted to the policing realities of each province to enable them to detect, deny, and respond to terrorism threats appropriately.
- met with provincial and territorial chiefs of police across Canada to encourage the development of integrated provincial/territorial structures for each jurisdiction to investigate and respond to a terrorist event.
- The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) sub-committee has put together a strategy with deliverables and work plans. They are working to move forward with the work plans.
- The Information Sharing Group drafted Terms of Reference to outline information sharing and technical solution outcomes. They are working through the decision process to be put in place for releasing information during an event.
- Worked with the Victims of Committee continue to work together to develop victim assistance procedures for mass casualty incidents.
- hosted a third Forum in November 2016 with approximately 170 delegates in attendance.
- continued involvement in the selection of candidates for the 2017 LinCT program.
- Committee members were provided with overviews of the current threat environment in Canada by the RCMP, CSIS and ITAC.
Initiatives Planned 2017/2018:
- Host another national and international Forum in November, 2017 on counter-terrorism issues affecting the policing community.
- Work with CACP-Victims of Crime Committee to ensure that victim needs/issues are being coordinated amongst both committees. Deputy Chief Skinner will lead on this item.
- The CVE sub-committee will develop materials which will be shared with law enforcement partners. Work will be aligned with the Five Eyes CVE working group and will use best practices from international partners to enhance the CTNS sub-committee
- The Information Sharing working group will continue to develop materials to be shared with law enforcement partners.
- The Provincial/Territorial Counter Terrorism Guide will be updated to incorporate the most current information. It will be redistributed by CACP as an internal direction to membership once the update has been completed.
- Communications with provincial/territorial partners will continue to provide support and update the status of the integrated response structures.
- Host a forum to provide participants with a real-life case review of the challenges specific to commanding and responding to a terrorist attack, as well as look at the tactical considerations of dealing with an attack. The forum will be led by a representative from the French Counter Terrorism Unit.