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Fla. SWAT Team Finishes First At International Competition

Fla. SWAT Team Finishes First At International Competition

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The Ledger via YellowBrix

December 16, 2009

LAKELAND, Fla. — It had been four days of grueling obstacle courses and challenges for the Lakeland Police Department’s competition SWAT team.

And they were behind going into the final and most difficult day of the International SWAT Roundup, held in Orlando from Nov. 29 through Dec. 4. It was rainy, wet and cold. But they were well trained for these conditions.

That training paid off in the final day on the O-Course, with the Lakeland officers pulling ahead of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to take first place by one point in the 52-team international competition.

The final day was the first time in the competition’s 27 years that it had rained on the day of the obstacle course challenge, said Sgt. Brent Addison.

“It made it slipperier and harder to negotiate,” he said. “And it was a cold, wet day out there. We don’t get to choose when we get called out, so we train in adverse conditions a lot of times.”

The five-day competition was split into categories – including hostage rescue, tower scramble and the final obstacle course.

The teams competed against each other in the separate events, which also served as real-world training.

In recent years, the Lakeland department’s team has done exceptionally well, placing first four times since 2001. It’s a feat that Addison is modest about.

“Typically we do pretty well,” he said.

But to do well takes hours and hours of practice.

“For the ones that compete at the roundup, they truly have to be dedicated,” he said.

The eight-person team begins seriously practicing for the competition about three months in advance of the competition, he said. Those practices are held in addition to their normal SWAT training and police jobs.

Lakeland’s first place team included Brent Addison, Rick Taylor, Ron Bowling Jr., David Woolverton, Mark Eby, Robert Bernhardt, Bryan McNabb and Jasper Yzaguirre.

The competition was held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s training center and involved teams from around the world, including Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Dubai.

“It’s a good opportunity for the teams to network and learn how they do their training,” Addison said.


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Awesome, Congratulations :-)

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    nightwatch

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    Terrific Job

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    good job guys....

    when I participated in the Dive team Round Up in Orlando (sponsored by OCSO) it was a blast! Almost as much fun after as during!

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    dolphinblue

    over 4 years ago

    42824 Comments

    Congratulations

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    Migs

    over 4 years ago

    1276 Comments

    And that's how we do it in the South! ;0) Congrats to all!

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    blucas80

    over 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Outstanding Job

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    troutmaster

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    GREAT JOB KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED MORE FIRST PLACE WINS

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10918 Comments

    Congratulations to the Lakeland P.D. team !!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41146 Comments

    I just had to come back to this one. This is way cool!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Great job guys!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Whoo hoo for Lakeland!!! Grats!!!

  • Snoopy_6_max50

    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41146 Comments

    Way to go Lakeland!!! This is great. Trained to stay safer!!!

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    Katz

    over 4 years ago

    8262 Comments

    Awesome work! Congratulations to each of you...

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    MIKIESPLACE

    over 4 years ago

    1366 Comments

    well done to all participants-train to stay alive.

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    CONTRATS!

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