Hostage negotiating and advanced tactics
Waco, TX — Waco Police today invited the public to observe and learn from one of the department's bi-weekly S.W.A.T training sessions.
The tactical unit rehearsed situations involving public schools.
S.W.A.T members practiced scenarios like hostage control during the day-long training session at Lorena High School.
Accredited officers must pass an annual physical and mental test to be part of the unit.
The Waco S.W.A.T team consists of regular police officers who volunteer time to handle potentially dangerous conditions.
“They have day-to-day operations that they do,” explained Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco PD. “Some of them are detectives, some of them are patrol officers, but this is a secondary assignment for them. There isn’t extra pay for them. They do it for the training and the value that it provides to the community.”
Roughly two dozen officers participated- four of which were negotiators.