I was lucky enough to recently photograph the Halton Regional Police Tactical Rescue Unit (T.R.U.) and the equivalent Hamilton unit in a training exercise. I have posted a couple of shots from this series previously, but I will post a few more now.

I know that many of my regular viewers are not too keen on photos of guns, so I hope you bear with me while I post a few of these shots. I actually wish it were possible for policing to be safely carried here in Canada the way it is in England (my original home) by an unarmed force, but even in England the police need these type of armed tactical units—so units like those in these photos have become a necessity in all societies.

The Halton Unit was started in 1980 to deal with incidents such as hostage taking and according to the Halton Police Website, at that time it “consisted of part time members who performed regular policing duties but were on call for tactical operations.” The Halton Police Website goes on to explain that with the introduction of the, “Provincial Adequacy Standards in January 2001, T.R.U. became a full time unit.”

It makes perfect sense to me that the T.R.U. is a full-time. Indeed, it is in all of our interests that a unit that uses specialized firearms and explosives gets the level of training that can only come if they are doing this job all of the time. And despite all the firearms in this photo, the focus of the training and the mission of the unit is to achieve “an effective response, using the minimum amount of force.”

I hope you enjoy the photos—and thanks to the Halton and Hamilton units for letting me tag along.

No comments: