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Police Counter-Terrorism Management structure


In Quebec, there is an intervention model to manage terrorist events: the Police Counter-Terrorism Management Structure (PCTMS). The PCTMS was created in 2003 in response to 9/11 and is the only police partnership of its kind in Canada.

Its mandate is based on four key pillars: information, prevention, investigation and response. This command aims to prevent terrorist incidents, assess threats, identify potential targets and ensure response capacity.

In the event of a terrorist event in Quebec, the PCTMS supports:

  • a unified Quebec-wide response;
  • the sharing of police expertise and resources to counter the threat and respond efficiently;
  • better overall management of the incident.

The PCTMS brings together:

  • the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM);
  • Sûreté du Québec (SQ);
  • the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP); and
  • the Service de police de la ville de Québec (SPVQ) – Intelligence component