SWAT Teams Compete

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

For the most dangerous, most stressful, and most vital operations, S.W.A.T. teams are called in to do the unthinkable.

The brave men and women who enter buildings, standby hidden on roof tops, ready to eliminate potential threats, simulate those adrenaline-fueled situations by training against one another in a competition.

"The competition brings that level of aggression up to the same level it's at when you go into a real live event," said Damarcus Wilburn of Meridian's SWAT team.

For two days over 150 officers assigned to 22 different Mississippi law enforcement agencies will perform exercises that sharpen their marksmanship and physical fitness.

"Right now we are all doing our individual runs for a prize. It is kind of just a bragging right, right now," said Senior Meridian patrol Officer Tommie Coker.

For each simulation either one man or one team will come out on top, claiming the right to brag on their superiority. That's the kind of thinking training officers hope for. The competition part of the simulations is supposed to create the stress of a real world exercise.

"This whole week what we are doing is using the competition as an evaluation tool for our teams versus other teams," said Michael Street of the Meridian SWAT team. "We can look at it and tell where our weaknesses are, where our strengths are, where we are doing good and we want to keep that up. And we want to be equivalent to other teams across the state."

Overall, 18 entry teams and 12 sniper teams were in the competition.

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