Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:49:38 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:46:04 GMT
Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:45:45 GMT
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:41:48 GMT
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. We introduced you to Michael Hobgood last night. His arm was amputated less than twoMore >>
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria.More >>
April 7, 2004
Albany -- You see them in hostage situations or other critical police standoffs. SWAT teams are highly trained police officers, the best of the best.
With two openings on Albany's Special Response Team, eight officers give it all they've got in tryouts to become one of the elite. It is a tough physical challenge.
Crawling under an obstacle. Scaling a seven foot high chain link fence. Target shooting for score. A two story rope climb. This is what it takes to make the Special Response Team. Team member Rob McAllister said "We are considered the elite. We feel like we have standards to maintain. "
The over one mile obstacle course run has to be done in nine minutes or you fail. Team Medic Phillip Jackson said "You have to be able to depend on your team members, and work cohesively together. And know that the person behind you or in front of you is just as motivated and physically fit as you are."
Albany's Special Response Team is made up of 18 officers and two paramedics, who are trained to handle the most dangerous and difficult challenges. Team Commander Major Bill Berry said "When the Police need help, who do they call? They call SWAT or in our case we call it Special Response team. Because we have the equipment and training to handle things beyond their capability."
Albany Special Response Team members even have a special SWAT tattoo that many of them wear on their right arms. Major Berry said "It's the pride. It's a step above. It shows the officer is willing take more and do more than just the regular line officer."
The members of the Special Response Team made up this conditioning challenge, and they must pass it twice a year to stay on the team. It's all about making sure if a life threatening situation arises, the officers who are called are the best, and ready to meet the challenge.
The officers who pass the conditioning test, then face questioning from a five member board. That board will recommend to the Chiefs or Sheriff who they think should undergo the training to join the Special Response Team.