Ex­tra se­cu­rity in town

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

There has been an in­creased po­lice pres­ence in Stanstead, in the past week, in the form of RCMP trucks and of­fi­cers. The uni­formed of­fi­cers are part of Project Con­cept, an ini­tia­tive that was an­nounced by the fed­eral min­is­ter of se­cu­rity in 2010.

Ac­cord­ing to RCMP spokesper­son Luc Thibault, Project Con­cept came to this area last week to pro­vide ex­tra se­cu­rity along the bor­der while the lo­cal IBET was busy mov­ing their of­fice from the Port of en­try to their new lo­cale on Duf­ferin Street. “Project Con­cept is usu­ally not in that area although we have tech­nol­ogy that goes up to Stanstead. We are usu­ally op­er­at­ing be­tween Jamieson Line and Man­sonville.”

This Project Con­cept team, which con­sists of forty uni­formed RCMP and Sureté du Que­bec of­fi­cers work­ing to­gether, is a first re­spon­dant team that ex­changes in­for­ma­tion with US of­fi­cials and looks into all as­pects of il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity in and around the bor­der. “We col­lect in­tel­li­gence and respond, then pass the in­for­ma­tion on be­cause we have no in­ves­ti­gat­ing arm,” said Of­fi­cer Thibault. Be­sides com­ple­ment­ing other agen­cies such as IBET and im­ple­ment­ing new tech­nolo­gies and tech­niques re­gard­ing bor­der pa­trol, Project Con­cept has an­other aim: ob­tain­ing the co­op­er­a­tion of the peo­ple liv­ing in bor­der com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure a safe bor­der. “We need their help and peo­ple can stay anony­mous. The peo­ple liv­ing along the bor­der are our eyes and ears,” con­cluded the RCMP spokesper­son.

Sev­eral RCMP ve­hi­cles, which were part of Project Con­cept, were sighted around Stanstead re­cently.

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