Canadian Bomb Data Centre

Resolution Year: 
2016

WHEREAS the Canadian Bomb Data Centre located in Ottawa and operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is the only centre of its kind in Canada; and

WHEREAS the RCMP plan to terminate operation of the centre in April 2016 as a result of budgetary constraints; and

WHEREAS there is no plan in place to establish an alternative means of accomplishing the valued work performed at the centre; and

WHEREAS terrorism and the threat of terrorism is increasing both domestically and abroad, making it incumbent upon governments and law enforcement agencies to amplify rather than diminish efforts in combating terrorism globally;

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT the Alberta Association of Police Governance urges the federal government to restore funding that will permit the Canadian Bomb Data Centre to continue its operation in Canada and its cooperation with similar centres internationally.

Background: 

The Canadian Bomb Data Centre is a centre of policing expertise on the criminal use of explosives, safety measures to take against explosives, detecting explosives, rendering safe explosive devices, disposing of explosives, and investigating post-blast scenes.

The centre is primarily a resource for Canadian and international police services and partner agencies engaged in combating the illegal use of explosives. Police services can consult with the experts at the centre for assistance, advice, and access to an extensive library of information about explosives disposal and post-blast investigation.

The centre collects data from Canadian police services on the criminal use of explosives in Canada and produces an annual report of the statistics. The centre communicates and exchanges intelligence with similar bomb data centres globally. Technical bulletins are produced and distributed to police agencies throughout Canada with information about identification of a bombers ‘signature’, emerging trends, and instruction in safety measures when dealing with explosive devices.

Closure of the centre means police agencies will no longer have access to the information, resources, and expertise a national, coordinated intelligence centre provides, at a time when it’s becoming increasingly important to have a centralized source for information about the criminal use of explosives.

Response: 

INTERPOLOttawa is now the main contact point for all queries related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) events in Canada from international partners. They will be responsible for coordinating the distribution of international queries directly to the appropriate police service/EDU Coordinator of jurisdiction.