Extra security in town
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.