IBET moves into new lo­cale

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The lo­cal IBET, which stands for In­te­grated Bor­der En­force­ment

Team, has moved from its lo­ca­tion at the Port of En­try on route 143 (down­town Stanstead/derby Line) to its new lo­ca­tion on Duf­ferin Street, in Stanstead. ”We had been at the Port on route 143 since 2004 and the trucks started mov­ing us to this new lo­ca­tion last week, on March 21st. We didn’t have far to go,” said RCMP spokesper­son An­dré Lirette.

IBET’S new lo­ca­tion is in the build­ing that used to house the Stanstead Caisse Desjardins. Ac­cord­ing to Of­fi­cer Lirette, the main rea­son for the move was to have “more space.” “We had less mem­bers and equip­ment when we moved into our of­fices at the Port of En­try. This new of­fice fits our needs to prop­erly run op­er­a­tionally,” he added, point­ing out the new con­fer­ence room which fea­tures a very large con­fer­ence ta­ble. With four core agen­cies (RCMP; Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency; US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion/of­fice of bor­der Pa­trol; and the US Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment which is a di­vi­sion of Home­land Se­cu­rity) mak­ing up the lo­cal IBET, this was a much-needed im­prove­ment. It should be noted that some IBETS in­clude a fifth core agency: the US Coast Guard.

The for­mer bank build­ing was a good choice for IBET’S new of­fices: it is close to the bor­der and it met cer­tain cri­te­ria with re­gard to se­cu­rity. Although the un­pack­ing was still go­ing on yes­ter­day, RCMP Sgt. Gre­gory Bishop pro­vided a quick tour of the fa­cil­i­ties. “We did ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to ac­com­mo­date our op­er­a­tions,” said Sgt. Bishop. Some of those ren­o­va­tions in­clude a wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble wash­room in the lobby, a small gym where mem­bers can work out, and a small cafe­te­ria. State-of-the-art, en­ergy sav­ing tech­nol­ogy such as low-wattage flu­o­res­cent lights, ther­mal win­dows and an ad­vanced heat­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem were also in­cor­po­rated into the ren­o­va­tions.

The Mis­sion State­ment of this lo­cal IBET reads: Through a dy­namic and in­no­va­tive ap­proach with our part­ners, we will pro­duce and share in­tel­li­gence in or­der to iden­tify vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties on our bor­der and ef­fec­tively tar­get threats. In so do­ing, we en­deav­our to en­sure our na­tional se­cu­rity and the well-be­ing of our lo­cal

com­mu­ni­ties.

“We count on the eyes and ears of lo­cals to main­tain a se­cure bor­der,” said Of­fi­cer Lirette. “If lo­cals do see some­thing sus­pi­cious, go­ing ei­ther way across the bor­der, such as low-fly­ing planes, boats on the lake or sus­pi­cious peo­ple, they can give us a call or drop by our of­fice here.” The num­ber to call is 819 876-2372 or the toll-free num­ber of 1 800771-5401.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

This gran­ite plaque, cre­ated by Picture this on Gran­ite, was re­cently in­stalled in the lobby of the newly ren­o­vated build­ing.

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