Albany-- The rebuilding of the Albany Dougherty SWAT team continues. Friday, 11 candidates completed their first week of special team training, and were honored with a graduation ceremony.
Ten members of the Albany Police Department and one from the Dougherty County School Police were picked from 30 officers who tried out for the SWAT team. Atlanta Police Department SWAT instructors spent the week training them, along with the five remaining SWAT team holdovers.
Most of the former SWAT team members resigned in July because of Communication issues. Albany Patrol Officer Cherysh Green is the only female candidate still working to be on the SWAT Team, and she feels they are ready for law enforcement's toughest challenges. Green said "I feel like we can handle it. No problem, no problem. Great training."
The Atlanta Police SWAT instructors will return in October for the final two weeks. The Candidates who successfully complete the training will be Level One Certified SWAT officers.