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RCMP, NGRPS say Pictou leg of Royal Tour a success from security standpoint

Pictou County’s regal visitors now have several provinces behind them as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are scheduled to land in Manitoba this morning.

From a security standpoint, the Pictou leg of the Royal Tour was a success. That’s according to RCMP Pictou County District Operations NCO Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy and New Glasgow Regional Police Service Chief Delaney Chisholm.

“Our assessment is that it was a success because there were no incidents, the Prince and Duchess remained safe while here in Pictou”said Dunlevy. “When it comes to VIP protection, you have to stay on your toes.”

The RCMP Commanding Officer for Nova Scotia, Chief Superintendent Brian Brennan officially welcomed Their Royal Highnesses to Pictou when they landed at the Trenton airport Sunday evening.

When VIPs and foreign dignitaries visit, the RCMP are tasked with their security while in any part of Canada. Dunlevy said that three levels, local divisional and national, within the RCMP organization were present.

“Local members were present helping with crowd control and maintaining a Police presence,” he said. “At the divisional level, we had members forming part of the motorcade, body guards and on site security personnel.”

“In Pictou, we also had our RCMP patrol boat in the water” said Dunlevy.

Almost all members from the Pictou detachment were working that day helping to keep streets clear of vehicles and maintaining a presence to ensure the safety and security of the Prince and Duchess.

The royal couple sat for a photo with the Pictou detachment of the RCMP to celebrate 40 years of women in the RCMP.

The NGRPS were on hand when the royal motorcade passed through Trenton, standing guard at several intersections along the way.

“I think it went very well,” said Chisholm. “I had the great opportunity to be part of the receiving line when they landed in Trenton.”

He recalled that the NGRPS had been on call when another VIP arrived at Trenton airport, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

“While the situations weren’t identical, we knew what to expect and what we were dealing with.”

He noted there were certain scenarios planned for, such as a crash or motor vehicle accident, but the pass through Trenton and on to the Trenton Connector went off without a hitch.

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Organizations: RCMP, Royal Tour, RCMP organization

Geographic location: Pictou, Canada, Trenton RCMP Pictou New Glasgow Ottawa

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