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Cincinnati Police Share SWAT Training
You know SWAT teams when you see them... Highly trained men and women use military style weapons and specialized tactics in high risk situations, such as hostage rescue, or counter terrorism.
The Cincinnati Police Department is one of the top SWAT teams in the country.
Now two neighboring departments have asked for help, and they're getting it ... forty hours of training.
Local 12's Deborah Dixon shows you how that can make a difference in the Tri-State.
Trucks, sniper rifles, ballistic shields...SWAT appears to be all about special weapons.
Lt. Col. James Whalen, Cincinnati Police:
"To the general public, looks like guns, vests, lights, but its about psychology, and resolving whatever the issue is peacefully."
Psychology and tactics, down to what order members step out of the truck and move to a door...and who says what, when. Cincinnati SWAT commanders study incidents all over the country to find out what works and what doesn't.
"We seldom have to put hands on people much less fire a shot, psychology creates impression, best to give up."
Sgt. Chris Fangman, Newport Police SWAT Commander:
"I feel confident our guys will get the best training in the nation at this point."
Cincinnati Police agreed to give 40 hours of training to Newport's new SWAT team, and Clermont County SWAT.
Sgt Fangman believes it is good for the region, in case the SWAT teams ever need to work together.
"It's important to know each other's equipment lingo, doing the right thing in the situation."
Part of the training will be about when the right thing is nothing.
Lt. Mark Vennemeier, Cincinnati Police SWAT Commander:
"The art of being a good tactician, knowing when to speed up, when to slow down, BEING PATIENT sometimes have to stop."
Sometimes the right thing, not intimidating, such as this little robot.
"This plastic robot camera weighs about three pounds, camera is right here. It can be tossed into a room, throw upstairs to find out exactly what the barricaded person is doing."
"We sent it in and saw the intoxicated man passed out, now we know we can make an entry before he wakes up and grabs for the gun."
Special weapons and tactics... a mix of equipment, strategy and psychology. Now three departments in our area will be on the same page, if they ever need to be.
Newport Police plan to apply for grants to pay for some new equipment, such as the robot.