I took the day off and drove over to SWAT Round-Up International on Wednesday to check out the vendors and watch some of the competition. The day’s event was the Officer Rescue. I have competed in all five events over past years, so I enjoyed hanging around to watch others have the same fun!
While I was at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Range, I hooked up with the guys from my SWAT team. Our team did not compete this year. As a matter of fact, we had not been on the field since 2006, which was the last time I competed. Since we have so many FNG’s on the team, I spent some of my time explaining to them how Round-Up works. They seemed fired up to go next year and our commander, who was also at the event, said money was earmarked for 2015.
Suffice it to say that SWAT Round-Up is a valuable team building and problem-solving event with mandatory classroom sessions. Throw in networking and consulting with other tactical professionals and you have an eye-opening learning experience. The winner of SWAT Round-Up 2014 was Lakeland PD (Blue Team). Congratulations, boys! The rest of this article is pic-heavy.