Jonesboro SWAT Team gives hands-on training to Citizen's Police Academy

Jonesboro SWAT Team gives hands-on training to Citizen's Police Academy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Members of the Jonesboro Police Department Citizen's Police Academy met Thursday night for hands on training with the JPD SWAT Team.

CPA members met at the Jonesboro Police Department to learn the history of the JPD SWAT Team. Next, members went to Jonesboro's Microsociety Magnet School.

The training session, held hours after a deadly school shooting in Oregon, gave CPA members insight into how the SWAT Team handles certain situations.

"Let's say it's a bad scenario, like there is an active shooter somewhere in this school, the safest way for us to take the hallway that's coming is what's called a hallway drill," Sgt. Tim Doyle told CPA members.

Sgt. Doyle and other SWAT Team members demonstrated how they clear different parts of a building.

They also gave CPA members the chance to examine the gear they use, like a battering ram, shield and gas mask.

Sgt. Cassie Brandon with the Jonesboro Police Department coordinates the Citizen's Police Academy. She explained that the 12-week training program gives Jonesboro citizens insight into multiple aspects of the job.

After the deadly shooting in Oregon, Sgt. Brandon said this week's topic gave CPA members knowledge about how a situation like that might be handled here.

"Probably the most important thing about it is they're aware that we have the resources to handle a situation, if anything like that happens here. And of course it can. You know, we had Westside back in the 90's so it could happen here," Sgt. Brandon said. "Hopefully it doesn't but we do have the resources available to be able to handle it."

This was week five of the training program. The Jonesboro Police Department started the program last year to open lines of communication with the community and to get rid of misconceptions about police work and what they do.

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