The team trains quarterly, and this past week’s session allowed it to take advantage of a rare opportunity to train at a location that was soon to be demolished, according to the police.
Because of that, realistic training on breaching doors and windows was possible. Also, diversionary devices often called “flash-bang” grenades were used.
The afternoon was spent conducting full-blown scenarios using role players, paint bullets, diversionary devices, the armored SWAT truck and a full array of hostage negotiation team equipment.
The training allowed for the SWAT team to work in conjunction with the HNT, tactical dispatchers and a tactical commander to successfully resolve real-world situations with the highest level of realism that safety would allow.