IBET moves into new locale
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
“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.
This granite plaque, created by Picture this on Granite, was recently installed in the lobby of the newly renovated building.