In January 2007, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist the Department of the Army, 317th Military Police Battalion in Tampa, by training their Army Reserve Special Reaction Team in basic SWAT, techniques. This advanced SWAT training was held at Camp Blanding, Jacksonville, in February 2007.
The US Army Reserve Command Staff was so impressed with the PCSO Special Weapons And Tactics, or SWAT, Team, and the instruction that was provided in February 2007, Army commanders have asked to continue a partnership with additional training to be held in July and September.
The Army’s Special Reaction Teams, or SRT, will be used in a similar capacity as law enforcement through techniques such as, but not limited to, marksmanship, barricaded incidents, drug enforcement raids and high risk suspect apprehensions.
In a memo forwarded to Sheriff Grady Judd, LTC MP Commander Milton S. Busby said that SRT, “will increase the unit’s ability to respond to dangerous high-risk incidents that require tactical operational skills which goes beyond those obtained by Military Police Officers in Advance Individual Training.”
Sheriff Grady Judd was pleased to learn of the Army Reserve’s interest. “We are proud to be a part of the Army Reserve’s elite training program. Our commitment is to provide our very best professional training for these outstanding military heroes,” said Sheriff Judd.
Sheriff’s Office SWAT instructors will provide the training to the 317th Battalion before they are deployed to Iraq. The instruction will take place on the PCSO Burnham McCall Training center July 9 through July 20, 2007.
Additional training will be provided during September 10 through September 21, 2007.