The Halton Regional Police Service’s Search Incident Response Team (SIRT) combines both police and members of the police auxiliary unit. It is designed to assume the responsibility of carrying out a Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) operation beyond the scope of patrol officers. The goal of the SIRT team is always to find the missing person in the least amount of time and in the best condition possible.
Searches today must take into account not only a wide variety of situations and terrain that occur within the region of Halton but also the unique characteristics of each missing person. For example, a missing child may require a different operating plan from someone suffering from dementia, as will someone in distress, or a lost hiker. A good search operation must be able to consider all of these factors.
To be effective in a search, team members are specially trained to conduct thorough searches in a variety of situations regardless of the weather and often for many hours. Because of the complexities involved in a search and the use of resources; on-foot searches off-road vehicles, boats, aircraft, or unmanned aerials vehicles (UAV’s), some members receive additional training and are assigned to the planning and management of a search operation in order to coordinate the various assets.
Because of the demands on resources required by some search events, the SIRT team maintains close relationships with other search units. Those units can be requested to assist within Halton region or the SIRT team may be asked to assist in other areas of the province.
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Search Incident Response Team, contact:
Staff Sergeant Bruce Dickson
905-825-4747 ext. 4713