POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 3:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:08am
Speed, precision and teamwork…these are just a few of the many requirements needed in order to pull off a successful SWAT mission.
Several SWAT teams from across the Valley are fighting to claim the title of the “Valley’s Best SWAT Team". From firing weapons to running an obstacle course, they'll not only be competing, but also using this opportunity for training.
"It provides us an opportunity to train together, to network and to be able to understand each other and what capacity and capabilities the others have." Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia said.
When a real SWAT mission comes along that requires more than one agency, Chief Garcia says the teams will have a better concept of how the other operates, thus making the entire operation more effective.
“One time or another, we're going to have to come together and work on a critical incident.” The Chief added.
That incident could be anything from a hostage situation to a barricaded individual, or something even more serious that could potentially affect us all.
“With some issues happening along the border, with border violence and border security, we could have issues where we could be confronting individuals from organized crime that are heavily armed." Chief Garcia said.
He adds the basic concept of SWAT is the same across the country, but individual teams may train differently. This week, they're hoping to both share and learn various tactics used by other Valley SWAT teams to better prepare them for future operations.