Members of the Roswell Police Department SWAT team competed in October in the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association's SWAT Competition in Round Rock, Texas. The RPD team had an impressive showing, finishing ninth overall among 36 teams in the Oct. 5-8 competition.
The competition consisted of eight events during the four days with most events focusing on physical fitness, shooting skills and team communication. Results of each event were based on a variety of factors, including teamwork and response times in accomplishing the presented situation or objective. The Roswell SWAT team had its highest placing (fifth) in an individual event in the Steel Scramble Challenge, which required shooting a series of steel targets using both handgun and rifle. In addition, the team needed to obtain a series of colors and passwords so the correct targets could be revealed. The team also finished in the top 10 (10th) in the Bus Assault event.
RPD was one of just two New Mexico teams to participate in the competition, which every year has a preponderance of Texas teams, but draws teams from other states as well. The SWAT team from the Bernalillo County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Office finished 20th overall. RPD’s ninth-place overall finish made it the best non-Texas team in this year’s competition that also included teams from Louisiana and Idaho.
The Roswell SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) members who took part in the competition are (pictured left to right) Erik Castillo, Danny Flott, Ryan Craine, Scott Wrenn, Brandon Stroud, Trong Nguyen and Alex Barleen (not pictured).