Ready to strike

Published 2:29 am Monday, July 16, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news reporter
The search for an armed criminal can be dangerous at best. When that criminal hides out in an abandoned house, a school building or other structure, the nooks and crannies make capturing them even more dangerous.
In an effort to teach safety to law enforcement officers who are required to hunt down criminals, special training sessions have been presented to benefit members of the newly formed Special Response Team of the Brewton Police Department.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officers taught officers with The Brewton Police and Poarch Creek Indians how to storm a building last week in Atmore as part of a continued effort to train officers.
The tactical training session included tactical entries, planning entries, breaching houses and the use of chemical agents as well as team movements.
The exercise by the Brewton officers on Tuesday gave SRT members further practice in the methods learned last week.
Following training in Atmore, the Brewton Police conducted exercises of their own to keep fresh what they learned. McGougin said the SRT's main goal at hand is to learn more about public buildings and schools in the area.
McGougin said the implementation of the SRT for the Brewton Police has not been an easy thing and has been very costly.
Although the team is still in it's infant stages, the group has already seen action around the area.