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Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams

Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET; French: Équipes intégrées de la sécurité nationale, EISN) are Canadian counter-terrorist security forces operating under the auspices of Public Safety Canada. These teams, formed in 2002 in response to the September 11 attacks with members from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and police forces at the municipal and provincial levels. INSET teams are operating in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton.[1]

An INSET operating in Toronto played a major role in the capture of 17 terror suspects on June 2, 2006.

The Australian Federal Police's Joint Counter Terrorism Teams, United States Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the United Kingdom's National Counter Terrorism Policing Network can be seen as analogous to the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team model.


The mandate of INSETs is as follows:[2]

  1. Increase the capacity to collect, share and analyze intelligence among partners, with respect to targets (individuals) that are a threat to national security.
  2. To create an enhanced enforcement capacity to bring such targets to justice.
  3. Enhance partner agencies' collective ability to combat national security threats and meet specific mandate responsibilities.

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