Soteria Security Consulting
After 30 years of service, Brent Bergeron retired from the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) at the rank of Detective Sergeant.
He spent 25 of those years as a detective working in specialized units: Major Crime, Drug Enforcement, Intelligence Section and Mobile Surveillance. He has investigated homicides, criminal organizations, international drug trafficking and terrorism.
Brent has instructed at the Ontario Police College and OPP Academy. He’s currently a civilian instructor for the OPP Physical Surveillance Training Course.
In 2016, Brent was selected by the OPP to conduct an Operational Review, researching a tactical response to terrorism suspects and suicide bombers. He traveled Canada and the United Kingdom, interviewing subject matter experts.
During his research, Brent embedded with the Metropolitan London Police (UK) Surveillance Unit training instructors during a four-day counter-terrorism exercise, designed to test inter-operability of all police resources.
At the conclusion of his terrorism research, Brent authored a report for the OPP outlining training, tactical and equipment enhancements. He then organized an educational seminar to share his findings with specialized police officers from multiple police services.
Upon his retirement, Brent created his own company called SOTERIA Security Consulting. In Greek mythology, SOTERIA is the goddess of safety and preservation from harm.
Brent took the information from his OPP research, added academic findings in the field of radicalization and terrorism, then incorporated his policing operational field experience to create a one-day seminar on Radicalization, Terrorism and Active Shooters.
In addition to his own one-day seminars, Brent regularly delivers presentations at George Brown College in Toronto and to public and private security professionals.
Brent’s audiences have included Law Enforcement, Emergency Managers, Public Transportation Security personnel, Private Security training instructors, Government Community Safety experts, Human Resource professionals, Mental Health workers, lawyers, teachers, students and members of the community.
Brent is currently an associate with PRC (Parisien Research Corporation) in Ottawa, where he provides surveillance and terrorism training.
Brent regularly consults with operationally active professionals within the field of domestic and international counter-terrorism.
Brent is also the law enforcement committee chairperson for ASIS Toronto Chapter, responsible for enhancing relationships between law enforcement and the private security sector.
In his personal time, Brent has traveled to 30 countries.