Two Regina schools were placed in “Secure the Building” mode on Thursday, February 15th (today) while police investigated a potential threat in the area.
On February 15, 2018 at approximately 10:42 a.m., police were dispatched to a firearms-related call on the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue. A male was observed outside of an apartment building with what appeared to be a firearm. Police notified schools in the area. As a precaution, two schools in the area, Miller High School and Balfour Collegiate, were put into “Secure-the-Building” mode.
Police arrived and checked the area, and cleared apartment suites to which the suspect male may have had access. The suspect was not located, and is no longer believed to be in the building. Police know the identity of the male and the investigation is still ongoing.
At approximately 12:10 p.m., the “Secure the Building” protocol was lifted at both schools.
This incident is still under investigation. Anyone who has information that could assist police in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
It is important to understand the terminology and actions taken by authorities. “Secure the Building”: Is 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.