TRU members are devoted to the safe resolution of high-risk incidents and the provision of expert tactical support services in specialized areas.
Some of the most serious threats to peace and order in Newfoundland and Labrador often fall into the TRU team’s area of responsibility.
TRU has travelled throughout the country to assist other policing agencies in high risk scenarios, such as the 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit.
TRU is part of an integrated response to high risk incidents which also includes Incident Command, ERT, K-9, Technical Support Selection, Drug Unit and Crisis Negotiators.
TRU plays a crucial role in providing support to patrol officers in extreme circumstances such as hostage taking, barricaded persons, sniper incidents, search of an armed or dangerous fugitive, execution of a high risk warrant, high risk entries, occurrences involving explosives, V.I.P security and prisoner escort.
TRU is comprised of ten part-time members located in the RNC North East Avalon district. There are also alternate TRU members trained and in place in case of an emergency.
In order to be accepted into the program, one must be a provincial constable with a minimum of two years experience, meet rigorous physical criteria, demonstrate sound judgment under stress, be decisive and innovative, be proficient in the use of firearms and be able to work well in a team environment.
Once accepted into the program, TRU members must successfully complete 4 weeks of intensive training. They then partake in ongoing training for 2 days every month; twice a year the training lasts for 4 days.