Police begin motorcade training for Invictus Games
You might come across a large police motorcade this week on GTA highways and roads.
They're not escorting anyone important just yet, but Toronto police are training and preparing for the Invictus Games that kicks off in just over 10 days.
With dignitaries like Prince Harry and U.S. first lady Melania Trump expected in town, police want to make sure they are ready to move everyone around safely.
On Tuesday, training began at about 8:45 a.m. on highway 407. There will be further training until about 3 p.m. on the 427 and Gardiner, towards BMO Field.
On Thursday, the motorcade will move in the evening from the 407 to the 403, to Hamilton and Niagara Falls, and then back into Toronto.
Const. Clint Stibbe says training is important because motorcades put officers at risk, and they need to be at the top of their game.
When asked why training is taking place during the day, including the tail end of the morning rush and the start of the afternoon rush, he said they need to place officers in "real world" situations.
His message to any driver who comes across a motorcade, whether training or the real deal, is to stay alert and not try to pass them.