Henry County might be a small, quaint area but a lot has happened there in the last week. The Abbeville, Henry County START or SWAT team was deployed twice. Both times involved suspects shooting at officers.
These guys are used to being called to the front line, they are actually used more than 30 years times each year.
But last week really put them to the test. One case involved a suspect who has been in their shoes, having military and law enforcement training.
I’ll let Sgt. Eric Duhaime explains how that changes the game.
“I’m a big believer in continuous, upgraded, updated training for law enforcement. The threat is constantly training and we have to constantly adapt to deal with the new threats.”
“Society is getting worse.”
“We are dealing with more violent people now.”
“No body wants to deal with a brother police officer…it makes it very hard.”
“Not only is it hard to deal with former law enforcement, but…We are dealing with former military or current military that have recently come back. These people tend to have a specialized training…they know how the tactics work. So it does present a special challenge for us. It is a lot hard to deal with.”
“And the only way we can deal with that is through training for these scenarios. On a regular basis.”
It's week like last that show the members the importance of their training sessions. And they are adamant about training every other Wednesday.