Local SWAT team trains for an active shooter situation
The Albany-Dougherty Metro SWAT team is currently going through extensive training to take their knowledge to the next level, and on Wednesday the team participated in an active-shooter situation in an abandoned school.
The training is held by the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors and is meant to help SWAT members adapt to the ever-changing problems that arise in law enforcement.
Trainers say the team completed level 1 a couple of years ago and are now moving on to level 2, which is an in-depth, real-to-life look at situations from an active shooter, barricaded suspect or hostage situation.
The trainees were tested on their ability to quickly determine who was a threat, which trainers did by first placing posters of suspects though out the building. Officials say one of the biggest lessons is to look for the threat, not the target who they become familiar with after repeating the exercises so many times.
In order to test the trainees, trainers will take a target who normally has a gun and will tape a harmless object over it to instantly transform it from a suspect to an innocent bystander.
Trainers say the group, who already has an extensive amount of training, did well on the exercise.
Trainees say they feel everyone should have more exercises like this to show them how to appropriately handle situations to ensure more people's safety.
The training will continue on Thursday where trainees will be tested on their ability to get a barricaded suspect out of a house without having to go in and risk their safety.
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