Just recently the Jefferson County S.W.A.T. team along with partner agencies used the former Arvada Square shopping center (Ralston Rd & Garrison St) for training. Where possible, the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority works with local police, fire, and protection districts to utilize decommissioned buildings as a venue for staging exercises. It is a great way for the participants to learn and practice critical skills and techniques in a different location. This also allows the community to receive the benefits of experience gained by public-safety agencies utilizing buildings before they are demolished.