Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 575

Why was the policy changed?

This Commissioner’s Directive (CD) has been revised to provide clarification surrounding the management of operational emergencies, and it was modified as a result of the Commissioner’s Directives Standardization Project.

What has changed?

Several modifications have been made to this document. These include:

  • a new look, resulting in stand-alone English and French versions
  • a clearer context for the policy document by including its relation to the Program Alignment Architecture, the Office of Primary Interest as well as information on dates of past reviews and future ones
  • the purpose, which replaces the “policy objective”, is more practical in nature
  • a more concise language/style is used throughout the document
  • title changed to “Management of Emergencies in Operational Units”
  • clarification of the role of the Officer in Charge during emergencies outside normal working hours
  • provision of direction surrounding the Emergency Response Team membership
  • clarification of the Health Services staff duties in segregation following serious incident
  • included reference to GL 800-4 – Response to Medical Emergencies.

How was the policy developed?

The Security Branch in cooperation with the Strategic Policy Division developed this policy. Full consultations were held with internal and external stakeholders.


Roles and responsibilities are detailed in the policy document.

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.