Public Safety Unit
The 30+ members of the Public Safety Unit (PSU) have specialized training to provide public safety, peacefully and professionally, during large events and incidents of civil unrest. They manage crowds at events such as concerts, labour disputes and blockades by mingling with people in attendance and building a positive relationship before the possibility of trouble arises.
In situations where there is potential for altercation or violence, the PSU has specialized equipment to wear over their regular uniform. “Hatch gear” similar to hockey or football gear and includes a specialized helmet and boots, in addition to chest, arm, hand and leg protection.
The PSU has peacefully resolved several incidents, both small and large. Members have also assisted with large-scale events outside of our jurisdiction, including former President Bush's visit to Halifax and the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits in Toronto.