New federal investments to provide support for new tools and knowledge to better support law enforcement and protect Canadians
July 30, 2015
TORONTO – Associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino, today announced ten innovative new projects to support the law enforcement community across Canada – including two aimed at countering radicalization among young Canadians. The projects were announced as part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).
The first two projects will combat radicalization. The first will assess challenges and barriers facing young adults who could be at risk of violence and radicalization to develop effective community- based strategies to prevent such radicalization and stop these youth from following the path of ISIS and other extremist organizations. The second will lead an effort to better understand the various mechanisms – online or otherwise – through which Canadian youth and others are led to such radical and extremist views. Such information will be used to better manage and prevent such threats.
Funding will also be allocated for two projects focusing on further supporting law enforcement dealing with growing and emerging issues. This includes enhancing the capabilities of an existing telerobotics system used to remotely dismantle bombs and other Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a safe distance, as well as supporting the development of solutions against intrusions into restricted airspace and other illegal action by individuals using small unmanned aircraft systems (e.g. drones).
Three more projects will help develop additional support systems for law enforcement involved in Canada’s border security. Of these, two will aim to make screening for travelers more quick and efficient by enhancing data analysis to improve the flow of low-risk goods and travelers, and demonstrating how smartphone technologies can enhance early screening of travelers. A third project will aim to accelerate the flow of commercial goods and other cargo by examining the use of imagery technology to better screen hazardous material remotely.
Three additional projects will seek to assist law enforcement by improving the use of modern communications technology. By directly supporting law enforcement battling cybercrime and cyberterrorism, one project will support the development and implementation of a web-crawler system to search anonymous and dark regions of the Internet. The two other projects will aim to improve data storage and information-sharing technologies through the study of Cloud-based computing and centralized data storage in law enforcement – including the modernization of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)’s Suspicious Incident Reporting system, which gathers information about suspicious incidents that may have a nexus to national security, to better enable information sharing.
The CSSP’s third Call for Proposals will see approximately $12 million invested in innovative projects across Canada. Since 2013, the CSSP has invested approximately $47 million to fund innovative projects to enhance the public safety and security of Canadians.
The Canadian Safety and Security Program is led by Defence Research and Development Canada (an agency of the Department of National Defence), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
The CSSP’s mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from terrorist acts, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents.
CSSP projects bring together experts from the fields of science, technology, public safety and security in non-government organizations, industry, government, and academia — nationally and internationally — to develop and improve knowledge and tools to better safeguard Canada.
“With over forty years of experience in law enforcement, including as a Chief of Police in multiple cities, I know firsthand how important it is that law enforcement has the most up-to-date and advanced tools to protect Canadians. I am proud of the innovative and cutting edge projects that our Government is supporting to help ensure that law enforcement across Canada have the tools they need. We have also seen far too often some youth in Canada becoming corrupted and radicalized by ISIS and other extremists groups looking to inflict violence and terror in Canada and beyond. Combined, two of the projects announced today will help the Harper Government’s larger battle against ISIS, violent jihad and other extremists – and make our communities safer as a result.”
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence
“Through targeted investments our Government is working with police and security forces to support research addressing safety and security threats here at home and abroad. These investments foster innovative science and technology based solutions that will reduce the risk and impacts of emergencies while better enabling police and security forces to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from such events. Additionally, through the CSSP, our Government is addressing the serious threat of radicalization and recruitment amongst young Canadians by terrorist groups including ISIS.”
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Backgrounder: Government of Canada Invests in Canada’s Safety and Security
News release: Launch of third CSSP Call for Proposals Announcement
Information on the Canadian Safety and Security Program