Emergency Support Bureau
The 23 sworn members of the Emergency Support Bureau deal with situations beyond safe operating limits of frontline York Regional Police officers, including the apprehension of armed or barricaded persons, hostage rescues, crisis intervention and bomb disposal. Team members work in the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU).
In April of 2011 the Explosive Disposal Unit hosted the first ever Homemade Explosives Familiarization Course in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This course brought Police Explosive Technicians from across Canada to be given training in the area of the precursors and actual manufacturing of homemade explosives.
In May of 2011 the Explosive Disposal Unit also hosted the Canadian Explosive Technicians Association Annual Explosive Disposal Conference (EDCON 2011). The conference brought together police and military explosives experts from North American and Europe to discuss terrorist related trends and incidents as well as domestic threats as they relate to the use of explosives. The conference also allowed our members to continue to foster good working relationships our members have with the Canadian Military and Federal Bureau of Investigations.
In May 2011 York Regional Police participated in a Joint Forces Operation with the Toronto Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit. The investigation focused on two organized street gangs and began after a robbery and shooting that occurred in May of 2011. The case evolved into a criminal investigation of the two gangs and their use of extreme violence during those criminal activities. The gangs' activities had spread into jurisdictions including some in Alberta and British Columbia. The investigation culminated with the execution of approximately 67 Criminal Code search warrants that occurred simultaneously on various dwellings across the Greater Toronto Area. Due to the potential for violence and the knowledge of the gangs' use of firearms in over 20 incidents, the Emergency Response Unit was implemented for two tactical entries.