Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (Details)

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Description of Initiative:

Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSETs), led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are multi-agency teams made up of specially trained members of the RCMP and other law enforcement and national security partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Working together, INSET members track, deter, disrupt and prevent criminal activities of terrorist groups or individuals who pose a threat to Canada’s national security. The INSET in Alberta is composed of employees of the RCMP, Edmonton Police Services, Calgary Police Services, Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

The INSET model provides a cohesive approach to ensure prevention, early detection and investigation of any potential national security criminal threats to Canada and the public.
Collaborative efforts of our INSETs across the country and with international partners allow the RCMP to address threats to our safety and security.

Initiative Key Objectives:

PREVENT: Engagement of our citizens to prevent individuals from engaging in terrorist criminal activity.

DETECT: Intelligence-focused and integrated efforts to detect the activities of individuals/organizations who may pose a terrorist criminal threat.

DENY: Investigative activities across Canada and abroad where terrorism poses a threat to life.

RESPOND: Role in pre- and post-incident criminal investigations and the prosecution of those responsible for terrorist incidents.

Section Responsible for Implementation:

RCMP 'K' Division Integrated National Enforcement Team (KINSET)

Key Contact:

S/Sgt. Denis RIVAIS

Groups/ Agencies/ Key Partners Involved:

  • other police services
  • other government departments/agencies

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Amount of Time Initiative has been in Place:

INSET was formally established in Alberta on June 6, 2012.

Reason for Undertaking the Initiative:

The initiative was undertaken to ensure the effective and timely investigation of national security threats.

Resources Required to Implement this Initiative:

Financial information not available. A significant number of person-hours would have been invested by members of all partner agencies in the establishment of this unit.

Method of Implementation:

Prior to the formal establishment of INSET, there was ongoing cooperation between the RCMP, which is responsible for investigation of national security threats, and law enforcement partners. For example, long-term cooperation between the RCMP and Calgary Police Service helped lay the foundation for INSET.

Key Outcomes of the Initiative:

By working together, the RCMP and its partners are well positioned to prevent, detect, deny and respond to criminal threats to Canada’s national security. As an integrated investigative unit, the Alberta INSET plays a critical role at the forefront of Canada’s counter-terrorist strategy. The integration of the RCMP, the municipal police services, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been successful in terms of seamlessness, efficiencies in investigations, and greater reach in international files.

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