COP15: police services ready to face any form of threat | COP15

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COP15: police services ready to face any form of threat | COP15

RCMP officers in protective suits to deal with a chemical threat.

The police forces of the Integrated Security Group (GIS) are ready to intervene for any type of situation during COP15, even for disaster scenarios involving the threat of an attack chemical, biological, radiological or even nuclear.

According to our information, the GIS, which brings together the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), has just finalized the drafting of its action plan. #x27;world class CBRN response (for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear).

In accordance with current security standards, this type of response plan is required for certain major international events, including gatherings under the aegis of the UN. However, it is rare that the SPVM has had to deploy such an extensive security system in the Quebec metropolis, which is used to hosting international events.

The last time dates back to the first meeting of the General Assembly of the members of the World Water Council, in 1997, which was held in Montreal within the framework of the ninth World Water Congress. x27;water from IWRA.

“During any major event, a CBRNE protocol is an integral part of the integrated security group's operational plan. In this case, the CBRNE team will be mobilized as needed.

— Tasha Adams, Corporal, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

This is the perfect opportunity for the SPVM, the SQ and the RCMP to demonstrate that the police in Canada is world class, we are told.

Although the threat of a dirty bomb is more than hypothetical at this stage of preparations, the GIS has not ruled out any scenarios due to the tense global socio-political context, it was reported.

The 15th edition of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is expected to bring together up to 15,000 participants. The GIS must ensure their safety for the duration of the event, from December 7 to 19.

No state leaders have planned to come, however. to Montreal. Only a small number of dignitaries will be entitled to security protocol under police escort, according to our information.

In this extreme response plan, it is intended to dictate the procedure to be followed by first-line responders if COP15 participants should come into contact with a hazardous material.

Where are they sent to isolation? Where are they cared for? To which hospital center are they referred? What is Health Canada's role in this protocol? What to do if demonstrators near the Palais des Congrès are also exposed to hazardous materials?

The plan must answer all these questions which could become sources of disorganization, if nothing is established clearly in advance. Especially since hospital emergency rooms are overflowing all over Greater Montreal right now.

COP 15, chaired by China, is taking place on Canadian territory in a tense global sociopolitical context.

In one of the scenarios developed, if the Palais des Congrès were to be evacuated, police reportedly compiled a list of buildings within 2km or less to house evacuees.

For example, the now vacant former Radio-Canada tower, located 2 km from the Palais des Congrès on René-Lévesque Boulevard, could serve as shelter for thousands of people in the event of a disaster. #x27;attack.

Recall that the interior of the Palais des Congrès, which will become an international zone, will be under the responsibility of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Any building designated by the police can therefore be used to secure participants and foreign dignitaries in the blue zone, under the responsibility of the UN.

As of Tuesday, all police officers selected to oversee COP15 will begin training.

Still according to our information, the recruitment objectives have been achieved at the SPVM as well as with its partners at the RCMP and the SQ.

Responsibilities and assigned areas will be revealed to them over the next few hours. Simulations are planned in the coming days to prepare them for action.

For example, the RCMP and SQ canine squads will be in the field on Friday to to search all vehicles used to transport dignitaries.

Hundreds of police begin their training on Tuesday to ensure security during COP15.

Demonstrations are already planned for the curtain-raiser on December 7 by groups of protesters who oppose the holding of COP15 in Canada.

To supervise these demonstrations, the SPVM has already announced that it will benefit from reinforcements from the SQ and the police services of Quebec, Longueuil, Laval and Gatineau.

It remains to be seen now what the level of tolerance of the police will be if tensions quickly rise in the streets of downtown Montreal.

The SPVM has no did not want to comment on our information.

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