Area SWAT and tactical teams, both large and small, competed in friendly competition and learned some valuable techniques and maneuvers during an exercise at the Southaven Police Department firing range and training facility off Tulane Drive in Southaven on Tuesday.
Deputy Alex Coker with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department assisted in the coordination of the event, which featured the Memphis Police Department SWAT and TACT team, the Southaven Police Department SWAT team, the Tupelo Police SWAT team, the Rankin County SWAT team, DeSoto County SWAT team and Germantown Police Department SWAT team, which were all among the teams which competed.
"All totaled we had more than seven teams competing from around the Mid-South," Coker said of the event, which was sponsored by the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association.
Both the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department and Southaven Police Department helped to coordinate the event on Tuesday.
Sniper fire, learning to navigate an obstacle course while carrying heavy apparatus and other exercises were conducted.
"It's friendly competition," Coker said. "It's good to meet other SWAT team members because sometimes you end up working side by side with one another. These guys are the best of the best in law enforcement. These are the fittest, the sharpest and the best. They are the shining stars of each department. They go in to save someone in a hostage situation or in a critical situation. They run towards gunfire, when everyone else is running for cover."
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.