It all started in 1982, a competition created by SWAT officers who saw the value of head-to-head competition and the enhanced training it provided. The Annual SWAT Round-up International (SRI) held this month in Orlando, Florida, is now in its 30th year and includes a week of training, a vendor show and competitions featuring both individual and team events.
This year’s SRI featured judges, 51 tactical teams, and nationally renowned instructors who provided classroom and practical sessions on over 25 topics such as tactical medicine, meth-lab tactical strategies, explosive breaching, low-light, high-risk vehicle takedowns, and dignitary and prisoner protection.
The 2012 SRI competition was once again held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office firearms range, with teams hailing from Hungary, Switzerland, Bosnia, Jamaica, Romania, Sweden, Brazil, St. Maarten and, of course, the United States. Each eight-member team was challenged with events including the Tower Scramble, the Hostage Rescue, the Pritcher Scramble, the Officer Rescue, the 2 Man–4 Gun Challenge and the grueling obstacle course.
Each event is designed to mirror real-world scenarios and to challenge the participants’ stamina, marksmanship, communication, stress response and unit cohesion. The competitors, wearing their own mission-ready uniforms and gear (including weapons), get to the firing line by running, climbing, rappelling and crawling through and over obstacles. Their gear and weapons get bumped, dragged and roughly handled and must remain accurate and reliable.
The SRI competition event is, in reality, a premier training opportunity that clearly demonstrates what works and what doesn’t, critical information that operators need before they deploy and when lives are at risk. Thanks to this event and other similar SWAT competitions, our law enforcement operators and citizens are safer. For more information, visit swatroundup.net.
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