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SWAT members receive outside training

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Barrow County Sheriff's Training Director David Aderhold, Barrow County Sheriff's Training Director David Aderhold,

The Albany Dougherty Metro SWAT team is undergoing a special week of training. Officials brought in an outside SWAT instructor to lead the training.

Barrow County Sheriff's Training Director David Aderhold, who has been teaching SWAT training for more than ten years, worked with the Albany SWAT team on team shooting skills.

Shooting skills that they do over and over again, because it could mean the difference between life and death.

"What we are getting them to do today is actually do movement drills while they are walking and engaging a threat at the same time," said Barrow Co.'s Training Director David Aderhold.

SWAT goes into action during the most dangerous situations, and the Albany SWAT team this week is drilling in five new members so that they can all work together as one unit.

 "The ability to go out and perform hazardous duty, we need to stay on top of our game,"  said SWAT Commander Captain Tim Hanington.

Lt. Michael Persely has been on the SWAT team for ten years, and he says this training is necessary. "We're doing more stress shooting. Some of our weaknesses have been exposed. But at the same time we're learning more about ourselves."

Aderhold said he heard before he met the Albany SWAT team that they were elite, and he said after working with them that is true. But this week he will give them more new ideas to train with. 

Officials say it costs much less to bring the SWAT Instructors to Albany for a week of training than to send several of the officers to training centers.