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30 officers attempt grueling Salt Lake City SWAT training

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Salt Lake City Police Department begins its 6-day SWAT training. 30 men and women from several different agencies across the Salt Lake Valley were running the gauntlet showing off their speed, skill and stamina.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Salt Lake City Police Department begins its 6-day SWAT training. 30 men and women from several different agencies across the Salt Lake Valley were running the gauntlet showing off their speed, skill and stamina.

"In my opinion it's where the elite go,” said SWAT candidate Mitchell Brooks. “I want to be a member of the elite."

Many apply but only a few make it through.

Sgt. Robin Heiden with the Salt Lake City SWAT team told ABC 4 News, “This school is geared to physically make them tired, but then put them in a situation where they have to make a decision."

Most of these men and women are ready. Just to get the opportunity to go to this training they had to pass physical and firearms testing with scores of 90% or higher.

"Before they even came to the school they had to go through some testing to make sure we got the best of the best,” explains Heiden.

The obstacle course, even for the best, is grueling.

SWAT Candidate Daniel Valenzuela explained, "You just start out you're feeling good and it slowly pulls it out of you till you're doing everything you can to make it to the end…When it gets down to the end going over the wall and getting that last log moved, it's just, you don't have a whole lot left do to it."

Lt. Rich Brede, Tactical Commander for the Salt Lake City SWAT Team said it’s unlikely all 30 candidates will make it through. "I would hope that they would all make it, but history has shown as the week progresses body starts to fail and we could have a few that withdraw.”

Of the 30 candidates, seven are from the Salt Lake City Police Department. If they want to become a SWAT member they'll have to pass every level in the six day course.

"We're looking for someone who has the physical ability that does speak to their discipline and will continue throughout the week to exercise judgment and evaluate their actions in scenario training,” said Brede.

For those that do pass the training school, they’ll get put on a list and brought up once there's a SWAT opening.
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