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Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Dur­ing a Mass Shoot­ing Cri­sis

- As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Brian Ed­wards Sur­rey RCMP Of­fi­cer in Charge Crime · Surrey · Royal Canadian Mounted Police · Twitter · Facebook · British Columbia

Nova Sco­tia’s mass shoot­ing in

April left all of us shaken across the coun­try. I know it has also raised a few ques­tions among res­i­dents in all com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Sur­rey, about how po­lice would re­spond and com­mu­ni­cate in these types of sit­u­a­tions where there is a sig­nif­i­cant risk to public safety.

First and fore­most, I want to as­sure you that our of­fi­cers have spe­cial­ized train­ing specif­i­cally de­signed to ad­dress these types of sce­nar­ios, and our equip­ment has been care­fully se­lected to sup­port the safety of our po­lice of­fi­cers and the public. With re­spect to how an ac­tive shooter sit­u­a­tion would be com­mu­ni­cated to the public, each in­ci­dent would be as­sessed in­di­vid­u­ally. Typ­i­cally, we would use a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels to alert the public. These in­clude the Sur­rey RCMP web­site, news re­leases, di­rect con­tact with me­dia, po­lice of­fi­cer en­gage­ment with peo­ple liv­ing/work­ing in the im­me­di­ate area of the in­ci­dent, and our Twit­ter and Face­book pages, which are view­able with­out an ac­count.

Cur­rently, the BC RCMP has ac­cess to the BC Am­ber Alert sys­tem, for miss­ing chil­dren. We have never had to re­quest the use of the Bri­tish Columbia Emer­gency Alert­ing Sys­tem, man­aged by Emer­gency Man­age­ment Bri­tish Columbia (EMBC), for other polic­ing in­ci­dents. The BC RCMP is cur­rently work­ing with EMBC to ex­am­ine its use­ful­ness in high risk public safety mat­ters, such as an ac­tive shooter sit­u­a­tion.

The safety of ev­ery­one who lives and works in Sur­rey is al­ways our top pri­or­ity. When the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Nova Sco­tia is com­pleted, we will be care­fully con­sid­er­ing any rec­om­men­da­tions that come for­ward.

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A/comm. Brian Ed­wards

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