August 10, 2018 07:36 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Sixteen officers from around Minnesota and North and South Dakota gathered at the Regional Training Center in Rochester for swat school this week.
"Special weapons and tactics is the name," said Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson.
These special weapons are designed to be less lethal.
"It's not intended to kill someone, it's supposed to stop someone and allow the officers a few moments of time to get in and take someone into custody," said Sheriff Torgerson.
But before they can use this equipment, officers must be certified.
Which they will be after they complete four days of training that includes working with mace, tear gas, and distraction devices.
On the last day of the course, instructor Richard Emberlin taught a classroom portion describing to officers how these distraction devices work and then brought officers to the field to test them out.
"These are devices that are designed to create a flash and a noise and get suspects wondering what's going on so we can take them into custody without anybody getting hurt,” said Emberlin.
These officers will be able to take the skills they learned this week and bring them back to teach their own departments.
"It saves them money. They don't have to have me come back all of the time. Their guys and girls are gonna be instructors. It better equips them. Some of them are new to this completely some are re-certifications and it gives them more tools in their toolbox," said Emberlin.
Sheriff Torgerson says it’s important to make sure officers can use these less-lethal tools.
"We try to take care of people. We really want to make it so not only our folks go home, but the people we're dealing with go home," said Sheriff Torgerson.
Created: August 10, 2018 07:36 PM
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