The 2011 SWAT Roundup International (SRI) featured 59 tactical teams from the United States, Russia, Kuwait, Hungary, Aruba, Bosnia, Jamaica and Sweden. The annual six-day event consisted of training classes and seminars, a trade show by over 100 vendors and manufacturers, and the legendary head-to-head tactical competition.
The SWAT Roundup, which celebrated its 29th anniversary this year, has become one of the nation’s best-attended and most well-known SWAT competitions. This is because police departments and law enforcement agencies have learned that this competition affords them the ability to better protect their public back home by finding out how well their gear, communication and training works under physical and mental stress.
Each eight-member team was challenged with five events that included the Tower Scramble, Hostage Rescue, Pritcher Scramble, Officer Rescue and the grueling 16-stage obstacle course. Every event is designed to physically stress the competitors, forcing them to run, climb, rappel or crawl through and over obstacles while sometimes carrying entry tools or a teammate as well as their carbine or precision rifle. To help judge realistic performance, each competitor is required to wear their mission-ready uniform and gear during the events.
Interestingly enough, the first six winners of the competition were all based out of Florida. The overall 2011 SRI winner has been featured in the pages of Tactical Weapons as the protectors of America’s spaceport, the NASA Kennedy Space Center Special Response Team, with second place going to last year’s champion, Lakeland Police Department, and third place going to Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The fourth, fifth and sixth places went to Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The tremendous Russian team from the Russian Federal Security Service led the international teams and was seventh overall.
The SWAT Roundup will be held in December for 2012. For more information, please visit swatroundup.net.
Check out Page 2 for more pictures and competition results.