Scenario based training was held on Feb. 6 for a team comprised of members from the Estevan Police Service and Weyburn Police Service, who specialize in certain tactics, tools and weapons for safe entry into buildings and containment of high-risk situations.
The team deploys to either community and is generally called upon to execute entries and searches of buildings, properties or vehicles where there is an increased likelihood of weapons, potential for violent offenders or where the preservation of disposable evidence is critical to an investigation. These often coincide with drug trafficking investigations.
The K9 unit from the EPS is also an integral part of the team. Police service dog Max is capable of clearing buildings with the team, tracking suspects and detecting drugs commonly concealed by drug traffickers.
The team completes scenario-based training throughout the year to ensure all members are operationally prepared and continually evolve to meet the needs of these cities.
The team has trained with members from tactical teams in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and 2020 saw the addition of Weyburn Police Service members to this team. This integrated team is a critical component to both police services as it enhances public safety initiatives of the front line patrol members and investigative units within these cities.