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Department Organization

Emergency Response Team

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is made up of three different units. There is the Incident Commanders (IC), the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and the Crisis Negotiators Unit (CNU). During High Risk/Critical Response incidents, the ERT is called to deal with the situation. These situations may include High Risk Search Warrants, Arrest Warrants, Hostage/Barricaded persons, VIP Security, High-risk vehicle stops, Riotous Situations and Disturbances or any other situation where specialized training and equipment are determined to be required.

In any of these situations the Incident Commander is the person in charge of the situation. All information is directed to him and he makes the decision on what tactics are used to resolve the incident. A Command Post would be setup. In the command post would be the Incident Commander, a TRU liaison. a CNU liaison and any other people that are deemed necessary to deal with the situation.

Presently there are three trained Incident Commanders within the Brandon Police Service. Training with mock scenarios is conducted several times a year with TRU and CNU.  Since 2010, there has been eleven incidents where the Emergency Response Team has been called out.

 

Incident Commanders

In any critical incident the Critical Incident Commander (CIC) is the person in charge of the situation. The CIC has the necessary knowledge, skill, practice, and procedural acumen essential to effectively plan and direct operations in a hostage, barricade, suicidal situation, high risk warrant or any other critical incident they are called to handle. They make the decision on tactics that are employed in the incident.

The CIC knows the responsibilities and limitations of the Incident Command Triangle, the concepts and philosophy of crisis negotiations, subject/suspect assessment, mental illnesses, and emotionally disturbed person(s). They are coordinating the efforts of everyone involved from arrival at the scene to the successful negotiations, tactical resolution or intervention and the efficient and effective use of support personnel. The CIC will set a mission statement at the beginning of each incident and ensure everyone is aware of that mission so they are all working toward the same goal.

The CIC has been training at the Canadian Police College to know how to be in command of these types of incidents. They also attend regular training sessions throughout the year to continue developing their skills.

  

Tactical Response Unit

The Brandon Police Service Emergency Response Team (Later renamed the Tactical Response Unit) was formed in 1990 under the direction of then Chief Brian Scott. The team was formed after a firearms incident in the central part of the City. Chief Scott quickly realized the need for such a specialized team and the process began. Under the direction of A/Sgt. Don Bell, a total of 7 members formed the first team. Training was conducted under the direction of members of the Winnipeg Police Service Emergency Response Unit. The Team was called into active duty in 1992 after the Police Service was satisfied that the level of basic and specialized training was up to standard. In addition to the training with the Winnipeg Police Service, specialized training was also received through the Calgary Police Service (Sniper/Observer Training) and through the FBI Field Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 1992, Sgt. (now Chief) Ian Grant was assigned to be the NCO in charge of the team and served in that role until 1999. Chief Grant was one of the seven original members of the team. The team also added an 8th member. From the humble beginnings in 1990 and with the support of the Police Service, the team acquired state of the art equipment and resources in order to complete their role in a safe and effective manner. This was also supplemented with training under the direction of members of the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, the RCMP for Sniper / Observer Training, and the Winnipeg Police Service for Chemical Munitions Training as well as in house training throughout the year.

In 1999, S/Sgt. Doug Palson took over as the NCO in charge of the team and remained in this capacity until 2004. During his tenure, the team name was changed from the Emergency Response Team to the Tactical Response Unit. Again with the commitment from the Police Service, equipment and training requirements were given a high priority.

In 2004, Cst. Darren Creighton took over command of the team followed by Sgt. Randy Lewis. Sgt Dave Andrew is currently the NCO in charge of the team. With the work of these officers, members of the Police Service Dog Unit became more involved on an operational level with the Unit. As well a proposal to have alternate members trained and ready to join the team in the event of someone leaving was also introduced. As well the Unit was able to acquire a former City of Brandon Fire Department Ambulance for use by the team. This was a very welcome addition considering the original vehicle used by the team.

Today the team is made up of 12 members (including the Police Service Dog Unit members and an alternate team member). The team is well equipped and well trained to deal with a wide variety of high risk situations that the Police Service may encounter. More and more the Unit is working very closely with the members of the Crisis Negotiations Unit and with trained Incident Commanders to ensure that in real life situations the Police Service is prepared to meet the challenges it faces from high risk situations in a professional and proficient manner.

 

Crisis Negotiators

Crisis negotiation is a law enforcement technique used to communicate with people who are threatening violence (workplace or domestic violence, suicide, or more rarely, terrorism), including but not limited to barricaded subjects.

The first members of the Brandon Police Service were sent for training at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa in June of 1983.

At that time the course was known as Hostage Taker/Barricaded Person Negotiator Course. The course was 5 days in length and was taught by experts from the United States. Constables Gerry Paddock and Rick Semler were the first members of the Brandon Police Service to receive training in this area and well prior to the formation of the Tactical Response Unit in 1990.

The first call for service for the newly formed negotiation team was on January 5, 1986 when members responded to a barricaded person call.

Currently the Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Brandon Police Service has 6 members who have received special training at the Canadian Police College, which is now a 2-week course. These members have been trained by experts in the field, from across Canada and the United States.

Since its formation 15 Sworn Police Officers have been members of the BPS Crisis Negotiation Unit.

Currently, the Crisis Negotiation Unit works in concert within the Incident Command Triangle, which includes an Incident Commander, the Crisis Negotiation Unit and the Tactical Response Unit. They respond to critical incidents within the City of Brandon.

Crisis negotiation is a law enforcement technique used to communicate with people who are threatening violence (workplace or domestic violence, suicide, or more rarely, terrorism), including but not limited to barricaded subjects.

The first members of the Brandon Police Service were sent for training at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa in June of 1983.

At that time the course was known as Hostage Taker/Barricaded Person Negotiator Course. The course was 5 days in length and was taught by experts from the United States. Constables Gerry Paddock and Rick Semler were the first members of the Brandon Police Service to receive training in this area and well prior to the formation of the Tactical Response Unit in 1990.

The first call for service for the newly formed negotiation team was on January 5, 1986 when members responded to a barricaded person call.

Currently the Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Brandon Police Service has 6 members who have received special training at the Canadian Police College, which is now a 2-week course. These members have been trained by experts in the field, from across Canada and the United States.

Since its formation 15 Sworn Police Officers have been members of the BPS Crisis Negotiation Unit.

Currently, the Crisis Negotiation Unit works in concert within the Incident Command Triangle, which includes an Incident Commander, the Crisis Negotiation Unit and the Tactical Response Unit. They respond to critical incidents within the City of Brandon.

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