Mr. Merrifield was transferred to INSET on October 17, 2004. He then reported to S/Sgt.
King and Insp. Jagoe. On October 19, 2004, after being at INSET for two days, he
participated in a radio talk show hosted by Michael Coren. The topic was “What is
terrorism?” Apparently, someone made a complaint to INSET about Mr. Merrifield’s
participation on the show.
 Two days later, S/Sgt. King learned that Mr. Merrifield had been on the show. S/Sgt.
King asked him about comments that he provided on the radio show. Subsequently,
S/Sgt. King asked him to review a security information sheet and sign it, which he did.
S/Sgt. King asked Mr. Merrifield not to make any more appearances while he was
working at INSET. Mr. Merrifield stated that he respected this direction and agreed to it.
 Mr. Merrifield stated that early in 2005, he was doing open source work with the Jewish
community. Speaking at events was considered community outreach. He did this
approximately six times in the course of his duties. He never requested permission to
attend these speaking engagements. The Indo-Canadian Community in Mississauga
recognized him at an awards dinner and named him Police Officer of the Year.
 Mr. Merrifield explained that within INSET was a small unit known as the Threat
Assessment Group (TAG). The members of TAG carried out threat assessments on
international people who came to visit Canada including heads of state and special
dignitaries. Mr. Merrifield explained that in addition to investigators, TAG also had
analysts. They did tactical analysis on active investigations. The analysts looked at
trends, predictors and human intelligence.
 Mr. Merrifield expressed an interest in working in TAG. On January 20, 2005, Sgt. Rick
Cousins carried out a “file review” at Headquarters to consider whether Mr. Merrifield
would be suitable for TAG. Mr. Merrifield did not meet with Sgt. Cousins. In the
written review, Sgt. Cousins’ point form notes state: “able to handle any type of
investigation; very intelligent person, learns and comprehends quicker than most;
Commanding Officers Certificate of Appreciation for apprehending dangerous offender
in trying circumstances; ability to express himself verbally/written are [sic] exceptional;
well rounded police officer with unlimited potential.” He concluded, “It is recommended
Cst Merrifield be planned to INSET TAG”
 On February 2, 2005, Mr. Merrifield was invited to and attended an event at B’nai Brith,
a Jewish organization, where he gave a short speech as a member of the RCMP. Julian
Fantino, (then Chief of Police for Toronto Police Service), among others, gave a speech
 On February 10, 2005, Mr. Merrifield was permanently posted to TAG. His work
consisted of monitoring criminal extremist and terrorist groups. He gathered open source
information, carried out community outreach and worked to recruit confidential
He investigated threats to national security and Very Important Persons
(VIPs) such as the Prime Minister. He also looked after threat assessments of official
visitors like the Royal Family and Members of Parliament. At times, he travelled with the