Contact Information

Brandon Police Service

1020 Victoria Avenue
Brandon, MB

Emergencies 911

Non-Emergencies 204-729-2345

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is made up of three different units. There are the Incident Commanders (IC), the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and the Crisis Negotiators Unit (CNU). During High Risk/Critical Response incidents, the ERT is called to deal with the situation. These situations may include High-Risk Search Warrants, Arrest Warrants, Hostage/Barricaded persons, VIP Security, High-risk vehicle stops, Riotous Situations and Disturbances or any other situation where specialized training and equipment are determined to be required.

In any of these situations, the Incident Commander is the person in charge of the situation. All information is directed to him and he makes the decision on what tactics are used to resolve the incident. A Command Post would be setup. In the command post would be the Incident Commander, a TRU liaison. a CNU liaison and any other people that are deemed necessary to deal with the situation.


Incident Commanders

In any critical incident, the Critical Incident Commander (CIC) is the person in charge of the situation. The CIC has the necessary knowledge, skill, practice, training and procedural acumen essential to effectively plan and direct operations in a hostage taking, barricaded person, high-risk warrants or any other critical incident they are called to handle. They make the all critical decisions on tactics that are deployed by police during an incident.

The CIC knows the responsibilities and limitations of the Incident Command Triangle, the concepts and philosophy of crisis negotiations, subject/suspect assessment, mental illnesses, and emotionally disturbed person(s). They are coordinating the efforts of everyone involved from arrival at the scene to the successful negotiations, tactical resolution or intervention and the efficient and effective use of support personnel. The CIC will set a mission statement at the beginning of each incident and ensure everyone is aware of that mission so they are all working toward the same goal.

The CIC is trained at the Canadian Police College. They also attend regular training sessions throughout the year to continue developing their skills.


Tactical Response Unit

The Brandon Police Service Emergency Response Team (Later renamed the Tactical Response Unit) was formed in 1990 under the direction of then Chief of Police Brian Scott. The team was formed after a firearms incident in the central part of the City. Chief Scott quickly realized the need for such a specialized team and the process began. Under the direction of A/Sgt. Don Bell, a total of 7 members formed the first team. Training was conducted under the direction of members of the Winnipeg Police Service Emergency Response Unit. The Team was called into active duty in 1992 after the Police Service was satisfied that the level of basic and specialized training was up to standard. In addition to the training with the Winnipeg Police Service, specialized training was also received through the Calgary Police Service (Sniper/Observer Training) and through the FBI Field Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 1992, then Sgt. Ian Grant (retired Chief) was assigned to be the NCO in charge of the team and served in that role until 1999. Chief Grant was one of the seven original members of the team. The team also added an 8th member. From the humble beginnings in 1990 and with the support of the Police Service, the team acquired state of the art equipment and resources in order to complete their role in a safe and effective manner. This was also supplemented with training under the direction of members of the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, the RCMP for Sniper / Observer Training, and the Winnipeg Police Service for Chemical Munitions Training as well as in house training throughout the year.

In 1999, S/Sgt. Doug Palson took over as the NCO in charge of the team and remained in this capacity until 2004. During his tenure, the team name was changed from the Emergency Response Team to the Tactical Response Unit. Again with the commitment from the Police Service, equipment and training requirements were given a high priority.

Since 2004 the team has had a number of different members hold the responsibility of being in charge of the team including,  Sgt. (now S.Sgt.) Loewen, Sgt. David Andrew and Sgt. Jeff Hoad. Currently, Sgt. Mike Kulchyski is the NCO of the Tactical Responses Unit.

Today the team consists of nine (9) Tactical Operators, two (2) Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) officer and two (2) K9 handlers (with PSD Storm and PSD Zeus), bringing the total compliment of the team to 13 members.

The TRU team trains regularly throughout the year to ensure they can meet the ever-growing demand to deal with the wide variety of high risk situations that the team is required to respond to.

The TRU team works closely with the members of the Crisis Negotiations Unit and the Incident Commanders to make sure that in any real life situation the Police Service is prepared to meet the any challenges it faces in a professional and proficient manner with the safety of the public always at the forefront.





Crisis Negotiators

Crisis negotiation is a law enforcement technique used to communicate with people who are threatening violence (workplace or domestic violence, suicide, or more rarely, terrorism), including but not limited to barricaded subjects.

The first members of the Brandon Police Service were sent for training at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa in June of 1983.

At that time the course was known as Hostage Taker/Barricaded Person Negotiator Course. The course was 5 days in length and was taught by experts from the United States. Constables Gerry Paddock and Rick Semler were the first members of the Brandon Police Service to receive training in this area and well prior to the formation of the Tactical Response Unit in 1990.

The first call for service for the newly formed negotiation team was on January 5, 1986 when members responded to a barricaded person call.

The Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Brandon Police Service consists of  6 members all initially trained at the Canadian Police College in crisis resolution and de-escalation techniques.  Some other training opportunities have included inter agency training/conferences and, friendly competitions with other law enforcement negotiator teams across Canada and the United States.. In June 2017, they placed first at the Upper Red River Valley Crisis Negotiator Competition and Conference, after being judged by a group of peers.

As part of the Emergency Response Team, the Crisis Negotiation Unit works in concert with the Incident Commander and  the Tactical Response Unit.  

Crisis Negotiator Team



Armoured Rescue Vehicle - ARV

We received the Armoured Rescue Vehicle (ARV) in December 2019 as a result of the Criminal Property Forfeiture process. It is a Terradyne Gurkha Mutli-purpose vehicle (MPV), which is a brand of ARV.

Since we announced the purchase of our ARV in May 2019, there has been some conversation about the necessity and function of the equipment. During its inception here at BPS it has been utilized in the safe resolution of a number of incidents.  It designated as a Rescue Unit, as provides the Police Service with a multitude of options, the most important being keeping not only our members safe during high risk situations, but the public as well should the situation arise.

Our ARV is a versatile armoured vehicle. We chose the MPV version from the options available through Terradyne Armoured Vehicles. It has 4X4 driving capabilities, and is more adaptable to travelling on a variety of terrains than the previous vehicle used by our ERT team. It is also one of only 2 Armoured vehicles that do not require any exemptions to drive on our roads, straight from the factory it is deemed road ready…only requirement was to register it.

The Brandon Police Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) is currently one of four, operational teams of this nature in the province, and we serve the City Of Brandon. We currently have an agreement with other law enforcement agencies in the Westman Area that we will provide the ARV and tactical support on an as-needed basis.

Our current Operating Procedures will determine what situations warrant the use of the ARV. It is not used for every day general patrols.

Please take the time to read the list of Frequently Asked Questions to address any specific questions you may have.

The Brandon Police Service remains committed to community. Maintaining a strong and healthy relationship with the citizens we serve is our priority. The replacement of our old ERT truck with an ARV that is better suited to providing a safe work and living environment reaffirms our dedication to crime prevention. Community policing remains a priority to our core values, and we are fully committed to the partnerships we have made while working toward crime and harm prevention.




Armoured Rescue Vehicle – Frequently Asked Questions