Edmonton police are setting up a fourth bureau in their organization. It’s a counter-terrorism and intelligence bureau that will analyse data, and get in front of some trends. Police Chief Rod Knecht told reporters in his regular ‘coffee with the chief’ session, this bureau will do more than the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, or INSET, that the EPS is part of with the RCMP
“At any given time, we have about 24 analysts and they’re all over the city,” he said. “We’re looking at centralizing those analysts. They will be under the new bureau as opposed to being all over the place.”
“So there’s not going to be a big increase in resources. It is going to be staffed by people that are in other bureaus and it’s just going to have a greater focus in being proactive, being intelligence-led. We’re looking at having a real time crime centre into the future, that’s going to cost money.”
Knecht said in this new bureau, officers will do a lot of community outreach, to try to gather intelligence.
“On the counter-terrorism side we have a busy portfolio going on in the city. There’s lots going on, there’s lots of intelligence coming in and we want to respond to that intelligence. We also want to get ahead of it. Community outreach is our best tactic to counter terrorism, quite frankly. If we can get into the communities, we build trust in the communities, those diverse communities.”
Knecht said Deputy Chief Greg Preston will lead the bureau.