Dorset Police have made use of the disused buildings at Trinidad House sheltered scheme for a firearms training exercise.
The exercise took place over two days last month, and saw an increase in police presence in the Rossmore area. Around 20 officers from across the South West were involved.
The training centred on a human trafficking scenario and ended in a siege situation.
Chief Inspector Debbie Marsden said: “I would like to thank all the residents living in this area for their patience and understanding during the exercises.
“Those officers involved said it was worthwhile training in an environment so close to the public and in a realistic venue – something that they very rarely get to do. Colleagues from other Forces said they were impressed we had secured such a building, which allowed them to practise their specialist skills.
“We also received a positive response from local residents who said they were happy to see Dorset Police making good use of the facility.”
Parts of Trinidad House are currently being redeveloped to create a brand new, state-of-the-art extra care scheme which is due to open in 2016. Trinidad Village, which is a joint project between PHP and Borough of Poole, will provide much-needed housing for adults who need varying levels of care to live independently in their own homes.
In total, 54 new units will be built at the Rossmore Road site, along with modern restaurant, lounge, spa and hairdressing facilities.