The Regina Police Service wishes to advise members of the media and the public of scheduled police training taking place today and tomorrow. This is Rapid Deployment Training for Saskatchewan Police College recruits, which will occur on Thursday, December 5th, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, December 6th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1717 Saskatchewan Drive (the former STC building across from Regina Police Service Headquarters). This advisory is being issued in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Police College at the University of Regina.
This training will involve police recruits-in-training and several police facilitators from across the province. The training is part of the 20-week training program for police recruits at the Saskatchewan Police College. Rapid Deployment, sometimes called Immediate Deployment, is a trained, tactical approach to an armed or otherwise dangerous person in a building, who poses an imminent threat to the safety of others and him/herself. During this training on December 5th and 6th members of the public may notice intermittent loud noises associated to the training, and a number of police vehicles at the location. Otherwise, members of the public will not notice any unusual activity around the building.
Neighbouring businesses in the area of the 1700 block of Saskatchewan Drive have been assured that this is a training scenario. The increased presence of police personnel and vehicles, at this location on December 5th and 6th does not indicate a real emergency. There is no live ammunition used in police training scenarios in the city. The Saskatchewan Police College and the Regina Police Service are issuing this notice to the media and public 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.