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Mon, July 22

SWAT team needs practice buildings

Practicing is crucial for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

The problem is, the members' practice very often requires wrecking a building as they toss their flash-bangs, fire weapons, ram doors in and bust out windows.

"They try and make the training as realistic as possible," said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman. "A home would be perfect."

So if you've got a building - either residential or commercial - slated for demolition or just sitting empty and you'd be willing to let the team train there, YCSO wants to hear from you, D'Evelyn said.

The team actually doesn't have to wreck the building, either, D'Evelyn said. If a person has an empty building that they don't want damaged, the SWAT supervisor can adjust the training to avoid that.

When the training is over, the team will make sure the building is secure at no cost to the owner, D'Evelyn continued.

Anyone wanting more information about the program, or who is willing to allow the use of a building for training, can contact Sgt. Nate Auvenshine at 771-3260.


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