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6: Consequence Management and Emergency Preparedness

Ensure best practices for consequence management and emergency preparedness

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Consequence management constitutes both the actions taken in the emergency planning process prior to an incident, as well as the actions taken in the aftermath of a disaster. Regardless of the cause of a disaster, be it natural or man-made, the management of the recovery process is virtually identical. The police fulfill a crucial role in consequence management, and this role goes well beyond the initial emergency response to a disaster. It is the planning and preparation before these events that will enable the VPD to respond effectively and efficiently both during and after the events. A failure to fulfill this role will have broad economic consequences for the City of Vancouver and its residents, with long-term impacts felt in the areas of tourism, community safety and business continuity. Western democracies have had to radically change their perception of safety in the post 9-11 world. The citizens of Vancouver can no longer assume that they are immune from the threat of terrorism. While national security investigations are a federal responsibility, the VPD takes its supporting role in this responsibility very seriously. These investigations are conducted in a coordinated manner, involving the local communities upon whom we are dependent for information and intelligence to identify, prevent and disrupt this activity. This coordinated approach must also include the law enforcement agencies we collaborate with in keeping Vancouver, its citizens and infrastructure safe from the threat of terrorism and terrorist-related activity. The VPD is committed to an integrated approach to counter-terrorism, working cooperatively with the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), sharing pertinent information and intelligence. The VPD is also committed to training our front line officers to recognize indicators of terrorist activity, and to properly document and report such circumstances. Emergency planning plays an important role, not only in the response to a terrorist event, but also in coordinating a response after a natural disaster. The VPD plays a key role in assisting the citizens of Vancouver in their preparation for a significant emergency, and has a responsibility to assist all citizens should a natural or man-made disaster occur. With the rapid approach of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the VPD remains a vital part of the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit. These games represent one of the largest security planning challenges in the history of the Department. The planning and logistics required to coordinate multi-jurisdictional policing strategies started in 2006, and will grow exponentially as the event nears. It is the responsibility of the VPD to prepare for this world class event, deliver policing services to a dramatically increased population over that period, and ensure the safety of all those visiting this city. MEASUREMENTS * Level of participation in policing partnerships that focus on counterterrorism and organized crime. * Level of partnership in 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games security planning * Volume of public outreach including marketing of public safety initiatives * Volume of information received from internal and external/public sources * Number of front line police officers trained by CTU in recognizing terrorism and properly documenting and reporting such circumstances * Number of investigations * Number of interactions with national partners * Number of substantiated threat disruptions