More than 300 Canadian Forces set to descend on Hawkesbury
This week more than 300 military police will descend upon the Town of Hawkesbury and the surrounding area.
According to a press release sent out by the Canadian Forces, more than 300 officers from 5 Military Police Regiment and 2 Military Police Regiment will be conducting an exercise in Hawkesbury and the surrounding area from Wednesday, September 12 Sunday, September 16.
"The military police officers will take part in the exercise, whose primary goal is to practice the various tasks that would be carried out during actual domestic operations," the release noted.
he release notes that military vehicles, consisting of military police cruisers and G-Wagons, will arrive between Sunday, September 9 and 12 in convoys of five to eight vehicles, from Valcartier, Petawawa, Farnham, and Toronto.
The convoys will depart on Sunday, September 16.
The site of the Amoco building in Hawkesbury will serve as a command post and main accommodations for military personnel. Police operations will include roadblocks, VIP escorts, and a simulated helicopter crash.
In collaboration with municipalities, necessary measures have been taken to minimize disruptions.
The release notes manoeuvres will take place primarily during the day and specific locations have been designated for the training, including Alexandria, Plantagenet, Papineauville, the Chateau Hotel at Mirabel Airport, and the former Volailles Grenville Building in Grenville.
The roads will be used by exercise participants during this period however Canadian Forces says impact on residents will be minimal.
Blank ammunition will be used during this exercise.