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Albany SWAT reaches out, demonstrates training

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Metro SWAT Team is reaching out to the community to educate the public about what they do.

They want you to know their mission is not killing people, but to solve problems, protect people, and save lives.

SWAT team members say despite what you might see on television shows they are not a death squad.  

They're called in for the most difficult and dangerous situations cops face.

They say many people have the misconception they are like military commandos.

"We're a tactical unit. That being said we focus a lot on tactics, because if you do your tactic's right you have a greater chance of saving lives instead of taking lives," explains Albany Metro SWAT Adm. Commander Captain Michael Persley

The Albany Metro SWAT team is made up of 22 law enforcement officers from agencies in Albany and Dougherty County.       

They volunteer for the duty and receive no extra pay.

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