An effective and coordinated response to the threat
A few days before the end of the year, the 23 Military Police Flight in Bagotville held an important exercise called “Active Shooter.” "The purpose of this exercise was to test our ability and our reaction time to a terrorist attack," said Bagotville chief of military police Capt Adrien Côté. A few days before the big simulation, the various participants received information that a simulated terrorist group was preparing something in Quebec and later in Bagotville. On December 6th, two armed individuals launched their attack in the 2 Wing headquarters building. At the same time, members of the Saguenay police force and the Sûreté du Québec were taking part in the same type of exercise at the Saguenay terminal, where a shooter had taken some people hostage. It is the first time an exercise of this magnitude has taken place in Bagotville and, according to Captain Côté, it certainly will not be the last. One of the main concerns prior to the exercise was the ability of the various services to share information in real time but everything went very well during the exercise. In all, nearly fifty people, both military and civilian, took part in the exercise.