The Regina Police Service is advising the media and members of the public that the scheduled training scenario for Regina Police Service Emergency Services teams has changed its location. The training scenario, which takes place Wednesday, June 4, 2014, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m will occur at a house on the block of 2200 Elphinstone Street, not on a house on the block of 1600 Garnet Street as previously reported.
This training; which will involve members of the Crisis Negotiator Team, Explosives Disposal Unit and Special Weapons and Tactics Team; is part of a schedule of training events that take place throughout the year. Members of the public will not notice any unusual activity around the building but there will likely be a number of police vehicles, including the Explosives Disposal Unit truck, in the area for much of the day. Another vehicle used in the training, thanks to a loan agreement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “F” Division, is a Tactical Armoured Vehicle, or TAV.
Residents in the area of the 2200 block of Elphinstone Street are assured that the presence of these vehicles does not indicate a real emergency and there is no live ammunition used in police training scenarios in the city. Schools in the area are also notified. Because the primary goal is training, there will be limited opportunities for media interviews and visuals; however, the Regina Police Service felt it important to advise the media and public of this event so that people do not become unnecessarily alarmed. If a real incident should develop while these training exercises are in progress, the Regina Police Service would immediately notify the public.