Find Out What It Takes To Be Apart Of JPD's Tactical Unit

February 15, 2005 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Tuesday's exercise is only a practice run --but the Jonesboro Police Department's Tactical Unit is ready for the real thing.

We train for various situations, but today we'll work on hostage rescue, and barricaded suspects inside the school,"said officer Scott Baxter.

Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence--but in the event this does happen, these officers are ready.

"When we are looking for a place to train, the personnel at the schools, banks, and various businesses are very responsive and helpful,"said Baxter.

So whether it's in a school, home, or even a bus these officers have a plan of action.

We try to prepare for a variety of circumstances that may come up, and on those occasions should they ever arise, we want to be as prepared as possible,"said Baxter.

The tactical unit has negotiators, paramedics, and even a doctor serving on the team.

"When you do have a hostage situation, or a barricaded suspect, you want to have personnel that are training and working hard in that situation once it arises,"said Baxter.

The officers volunteer to be on this team.

Baxter says they are energetic, excited, and dedicated to each other, and the community.

They are preparing themselves when those situations, we say could never happen here, become a reality.