Regina Schools enacted a “Secure the Building” protocol today after a call was received by the Regina Police Service indicating a non-specific threat involving schools.
The call came in at 11:41 a.m. today (Wednesday, September 16, 2015) to the Regina Police Service Communication Centre. The call did not indicate a specific threat, nor named a particular school, so, as a precaution, all school divisions were advised. Each School Board makes its own decisions based on the information provided by police; in this case the School Divisions enacted a “Secure the Building” protocol at all Regina schools for the safety of students and staff.
“Secure the Building” is defined as: a situation where it is believed a threat is currently outside the building resulting in the decision to secure the school whereby all outside doors will be locked to secure the building. Each exterior door is to be monitored by designated school staff until Secure the Building mode has been lifted. Entry and exit of the building will be at the front doors only and are to be monitored by police and school administration. Regular interior school activities continue in a controlled manner.
The School Resource Officers are all at their assigned schools. The call itself is being investigated by Community Services Division in order to identify the caller and assess potential threat level. There is ongoing communication with all of the school divisions. As the afternoon progresses, there will be decisions made as to the appropriate steps to bring the school day to a close in the safest manner, with the least disruption for all involved.
Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.