SWAT certification classes hosted in Lufkin this week

SWAT certification classes hosted in Lufkin this week

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers from multiple counties have spent all week at the Angelina County shooting range preparing to become members of their agency's SWAT team.

The class is for certifying officers wanting to get on their SWAT teams.

"It is a 60-hour minimum course we give," Angelina County Sheriff Capt. Alton Lenderman said. "It covers everything from tactical, building entry, hostage rescue, covert searches, and dynamic searches to flash-bang formations."

Lenderman said the training comes in handy despite the feeling they hope they never have to use them.

"We train in those scenarios," Lenderman said. "Not to say that any officer can handle these, but if you got the same officers training on the same thing, when the real world happens it just seems a lot smoother."

The classes will wrap up with a multi-hour hostage situation.

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