SWAT team competition in Ascension tests law enforcement skills

SWAT team competition in Ascension tests law enforcement skills

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting a SWAT competition testing critical skills by law enforcement teams across Louisiana. The competition is just one part of several days of training for departments across the state.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said this is more than just wholesome competition.

"This is the essence of the importance of team, coordination, everything working as one," Wiley said. "High-risk arrest warrants, high-risk search warrants, barricaded subject with weapons, probably on American soil, the single most dangerous thing that Americans can do."

The competition is taking place at the shooting range on St. Landry Road in Gonzales. There are 16 agencies participating in the competition.

SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics and is a team of law enforcement that responds to situations such as hostage rescues, anti-riot and crowd control, raids, active shooters, gang violence, etc.

Chuck Bazile, the president of the Louisiana Tactical Police Officer's Association, said the officers get valuable training from instructors who come from all across the country.

"They find out when they get here where they're going to have to be and they just have to go out there and do it," Bazile said. "Which is how they're going to encounter it on the street. That's what happens, we don't know what we're going to run up on when we're out on the street."

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