Updated: Large police convoy on Highway 1 not training says RCMP

Facebook was a flurry with speculation

A local Facebook page was busy June 16 due to reports of a large police presence heading through Revelstoke on Highway 1.

Various people posted on the Revelstoke Community Facebook page saying they saw up to 10 black police trucks heading east around 2:20 p.m with lights and sirens.

An email from the BC RCMP Communication Services said while the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was engaged in a training scenario, they answered a call of a high-risk incident that took them through the Salmon Arm and Revelstoke area on that day.

Due to the operational sensitivities, BC RCMP Communication Services said they could not provide any additional information on the call.

According to the Canadian Mounted Police website, emergency response team police officers use tactics, specialized weapons and equipment to resolve high-risk situations. Duties may include resolving armed and barricaded persons incidents, air and marine interventions, high-risk searches and arrests and protective policing.

Correction: A previous version of this article said the police were only engaged in a training scenario through Revelstoke and Salmon Arm, when in fact they were answering a call.

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