The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is training its first ever Special Weapons And Tactics unit.
Better know as a SWAT team, the 17-man unit is in the middle of highly specialized training at the Meridian training facility.
The training includes mental endurance, sleep deprivation, shooting drills, obstacle courses, rescue training and repelling.
"In our society, people are becoming more violent and we're having more situations where people are taking individuals hostage, people needing rescue from hostage situations, so we felt it necessary to create a team that can respond throughout Lauderdale County," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.
The SWAT team will be training throughout the weekend. Each member must have least eight hours of training per month in order to maintain eligibility.