Post-Blast Training in Canada
Western Australia Police Force Forensic Officer Sergeant Clayton (Jack) Bennie recently assisted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with a post-blast training course in Ottawa, Canada.
The RCMP invited Sgt Bennie to help deliver training following his design and delivery of a Counter Terrorism, Post-Blast and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) incident management program in Nepal last year as part of INTERPOL’s Project Scorpius.
Forensic investigation officers and bomb technicians from across Canada were instructed by Sgt Bennie on contemporary post-blast response protocols and procedures currently applied across Australia.
Sergeant Bennie said close collaboration between the WA Police Force and the RCMP was mutually beneficial and promoted information sharing, better policy and procedure shaping, and strengthened international networks.
“Further to the post blast training elements, there was significant interest from Canadian DVI practitioners in the WA Police Force DVI capability,” Sgt Bennie said.
“A particular focus was on the concepts and outcomes associated with our counter terrorism response training, and the planning conducted for the potential recovery of missing Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft MH370,” he said.
Forensic Division Inspector Sharon Bird said the invitation provided international validation for the work conducted in WA.
“Further, the invitation provides recognition of Sgt Bennie’s high standing in this field amongst his peers internationally,” she said.