Police training this week

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As part of regular training for specialist teams, Police will conduct training exercises in Ashburton on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

A Police spokesperson said specialist teams undertake this type of tactical training regularly at various locations across New Zealand.

During the training exercises, there will be a visible police presence, including staff carrying firearms.

Members of the public may hear loud bangs or other noises such as breaking glass coming from the venues.

Police would like to reassure the public that there is no cause for alarm.

We also acknowledge that these types of training exercises could not happen without the support of our local communities, including community organisations that provide facilities for our use.