Critical Incident Program resolves incident peacefully
2021-11-25 18:10 PST
The Kelowna RCMP, along with support from the Southeast District - Critical Incident Program (SED-CIP), resolved an critical incident peacefully last evening.
The SED-CIP is comprised of an Critical Incident Commander, the Crisis Negotiation Team, Containment Team and the Emergency Response Team trained to manage high risk critical incidents.
The SED-CIP is activated throughout the district, including the City of Kelowna when the circumstances require specialized support in responding to situations outside the level of expertise or resources from frontline and where there may be a significant safety risk to the public, police officers, or the subjects of the complaint. High-risk situations are diverse in nature from weapons complaints, barricaded persons, hostage situations to active threats.
De-escalation and safety of the public and police drive the decision making of the CIP to resolve situations. This includes a number of techniques and tools the SED-CIP utilizes in an attempt to resolve critical incidents peacefully. It is requested the media and public refrain from posting photos of our officers on scene during on-going incidents. We ask this because publishing and posting photos of officers’ locations and the techniques they are using may compromise their safety and the objective to resolve the situation and potentially placing lives at risk. The RCMP promptly notifies the media after an incident has concluded, at which time the RCMP welcomes any photos or video to be published.
Last night’s incident at a residence on Gordon Drive in Kelowna, was isolated event. Homes near-by were evacuated as a precaution and for safety purposes. Once the subject involved was apprehended and it was safe to do so, all residents were permitted back in their homes. The investigation into this incident is on-going.
I am proud of the response of the Kelowna RCMP Members and our SED-CIP to quickly respond to this high risk situation and bring it to a peaceful resolution. The highly trained members of the CIP-SED worked in tandem with our frontline officers in accordance with their training and experience, which is something our officers do everyday to protect the citizens of Kelowna. Said Insp. Adam MacIntosh – Operations Officer in Kelowna and a SED-CIP Critical Incident Commander.
Cpl. Tammy LobbMedia Relations Officer
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