Rusk county hosts SWAT training

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 10:46am

Police officers from all over East Texas made their way to Rusk county, and it's all to keep our streets safer.  KETK was given an exclusive look into a day of SWAT team training.  The Rusk county sheriff's office is hosting a week long SWAT team training.  30 officers have made their way to Henderson to learn basic SWAT skills.  Rusk county sheriff Jeff Price believes this is great for the community, and "its gives me an opportunity to bring good training in." 

SWAT consultant Mike Witzgall is what officers call "top notch."  "I lost my leg in the line of duty and it gives me the opportunity to stay in law enforcement, to work with these fine young men and women,'" said Witzgall.  He also said his main goal this week is for officers to stay alive.

This school is to teach officers the basic skills to be a tactical officer, and really focus on individual technique.  The men and women spend 12 hours a day learning in the classroom and out on the range. 

The Palestine police department recently put together a SWAT team, and believes this training is very beneficial.  "It's been some really good training, stressful, shows you a lot of the weaknesses, but its a very good introductory to the basic swat," said Rich Johnson, Palestine patrol sergeant.

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