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SWAT receives advanced training


Law enforcers say more people seem more willing to commit violent crimes these days. The Albany Dougherty Metro SWAT team is undergoing advanced training this week to be ready for the worst.

Trainers from the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors are giving the 23 SWAT team members the latest tactics they can use to handle crucial situations.

From the Boston Marathon Bombers hunt, to the rescue of a child being held in the Alabama bunker, to the Gwinnett County firefighters being held hostage, SWAT teams have been active in recent months.

And the Albany team is getting advanced training to be ready if needed. The Albany Dougherty Metro SWAT team will spend this week training. One of the newest SWAT team members is 25 year old Dougherty County Sheriff's Deputy Jarad Oliver, and he calls his first advanced training a great learning experience.

"When it's crunch time, I can really help out my community a lot better on the SWAT team than I can just being a regular deputy for the Sheriff's Department," said Oliver.

Training officers bring the latest information about SWAT team's experiences, and better ideas learned from them.

Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors Executive Board Member David Aderhold said, "Tactics have changed as we have become more professional. In order to become more professional, we have to learn from past mistakes and past situations that went correct. And then we have to adapt those to training."

The Albany SWAT team knows they have to keep improving, because they never know when they could face a life or death decision. Albany Dougherty Metro SWAT Team Commander Captain Tim Hanington said, "Times are getting worse, and we need to stay on top of the game."

The Albany SWAT team has 23 members, with officers from the Sheriff's Office, Albany and Dougherty County Police, School Police, and D.A.'s office.

Deputy Jarad Oliver only joined SWAT in January, but knows his team is crucial to the safety of the community. Oliver said, "Because Albany is one of the largest cities in South Georgia, and it could very well come here. So there is a need in it for South Georgia."

Because the SWAT could be called at any time, and they will have only one chance in what could be a life or death situation.

The SWAT team brought the instructors here for the week long training rather than traveling to them, so that the team will be here in case of an emergency and to save tax dollars.

The Albany Marine Base Police sent two of their officers to attend the advanced SWAT training to help their department be trained in case of emergency.


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