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SWAT training keeps Prescott prepared

The Daily Courier/Les Stukenberg
Members of the Yavapai County Sheriff and Prescott SWAT (tactical response teams) practiced different tactical 
situations in the YCSO jail in Prescott Thursday.

The Daily Courier/Les Stukenberg Members of the Yavapai County Sheriff and Prescott SWAT (tactical response teams) practiced different tactical situations in the YCSO jail in Prescott Thursday.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Capt. David Starin headed up this past week's SWAT training at the YSCO. Nearly 30 law enforcement personnel, plus YCSO jail staff participated in the daylong training Nov. 29.

"Anytime we would have an inmate evacuation for any reason - riot, hostage situation, fire, flood - the SWAT team responds," he said. "We had an eight-hour training at the jail to practice evacuation training drills.

"These situations require the use of our SWAT team and since we are right in the City of Prescott, we can call on the Prescott Police Department for back-up."

Starin said YSCO and PPD conducted a joint training to make sure they are on the same page.

"We reviewed the layout and workings of the jail, strategized and preplanned our resources," he said.

"Our two SWAT teams planned, trained and ran through actual scenarios, including role playing and tools and techniques to assess how everything would work," Starin said.

He felt that the day's training was a success and said that the SWAT teams are prepared for any unexpected situation.

Contact the reporter at jtwaddell@prescottaz.com

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