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Albany SWAT team trains with state firearms instructors

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 SWAT team members get realistic training. Learning to go right after a gunman.

These state instructors prepare SWAT officers to deal with emergencies in the most realistic way possible.

 "You are being shot at. Go, go, go

Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors run Albany Dougherty Metro SWAT team members through active shooter drills. 

Even shooting blanks at their feet.  Instructors today teach officers in case of active shooters to move toward the gunman, risking their life to protect others.

 Instructor Sgt. David Aderhold said "The hardest thing training basically anybody is when somebody is shooting at other people, shooting at you,instead of retreating, taking cover, you have to go to the shooter. But you do that to save lives."

The SWAT team members also worked on transitioning between their rifles and handguns, while under fire. Training that could save lives.

Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Executive Director Larry Young said "Right now with some of the things that is going on across the nation, SWAT's having a hard time dealing with some things because of lack of training on experiences on the individuals.  That's what we try to do."

These SWAT team members know one of these horrific active shooter events could happen here and they want the community to know they are doing all they can to be ready.

Albany Dougherty Metro SWAT Team Commander Captain Tim Hanington said "I think they expect that from us.  And yes we are living up to those expectations that the community knows that the team is well trained."

Officers training for the worst, knowing someday they could be forced to exchange gunfire with an active shooter and this training hopefully will keep innocent people from being killed.   

The officers also trained on active shooters taking hostages learning strategies and methods to deal with those situations.

Also taking part in the Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors training today along with SWAT, the Marine Corps Logistic Base's Police Department Special Reaction Team.  They prepared to take charge in case of an active shooter at the base or a person barricaded inside a building.

We can go in there, if need by the C.O.'s direction, and get that person out. Hopefully without having to harm that person.  Because we are a lifesaving organization, not a life taking organization.

 The Base's special reaction team had 7 members take part in the law enforcement firearm training today

 

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