News 12 at 5 o'clock, November 1, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Darren Beasley is a new member to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team. This week he has trained on practical exercises like shooting, moving, and learning the equipment it takes to do the job.
"It's a lot. It's fun. All of it's practical and important. I like it so far," Darren Beasley said.
When someone is assigned to the SWAT Team from the Sheriff's Office, 10% of their work time has to be dedicated to SWAT training. Once a year, the SWAT Team trains for a whole week. They train on various tactics and skills. SWAT Team members said the training keeps them on their toes.
"The skills that someone has when they're in this environment, they're perishable skills and if you don't keep using them and honing them, then they're going to go away," Lt. Scott Peebles said.
SWAT Team members said their job is to save lives, the lives of bystanders, the lives of victims, and the lives of suspects.
"There are so many tactics and decisions that a person can make when they get on to a scene where lives are in jeopardy that they need to know which bag to pull which tools from," Lt. Peebles said.
Beasley said he's learned a lot this week that will help him with future missions.
"Making sure that everything you do counts, making the right decision is the most important thing thats been taught to me, when to use your weapon," Beasley said.
All week the men have been going over tactics and making sure the team works as one unit. Thursday was dedicated to scenario training, which involves hostage situations, barricaded suspect situations, and of course, shooting with a wide-range of weapons.
"We constantly have to be using these weapons, practicing with them to stay sharp with them," Lt. Peebles said.