Team of Alberta Sheriffs helps nip threats in the bud

Alberta Security and Strategic Intelligence Support Team (ASSIST) keeps watch over critical infrastructure

Here in Alberta, we enjoy a high level of safety and security. The aSheriff-logoverage Albertan doesn’t necessarily worry about anyone intentionally threatening that security and nor should they. That’s because the Alberta Security and Strategic Intelligence Support Team (ASSIST) is always standing watch.

ASSIST acts as a lookout constantly scanning our environment for human-induced intentional threats. They collect and analyze security information and criminal intelligence which then flows from ASSIST to Alberta government ministries, law enforcement, national security agencies and the private sector. This helps prevent potential threats to our critical infrastructure and the Government of Alberta.

The term critical infrastructure refers to everything we need to keep the province going—information technology facilities, networks, services and assets essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Albertans. The loss of any piece of infrastructure would not only be disruptive to Albertans, it could affect our ability to respond in a crisis.

We have no information to indicate Alberta is specifically threatened at this time. But if there were a threat, ASSIST and/or its partners would assess the threat. ASSIST would share everything they learn with provincial ministries, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), RCMP, municipal first responders, critical infrastructure owners and operators and even international partners. The RCMP would then tackle the threat.

Alberta is known for being a secure and stable place to live, work and raise a family. Nonetheless, ASSIST is here to help protect the wonderful province we have built.

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