The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2013 Southwest Florida Region VI SWAT Training Competition on Saturday at Knight Trail Park in Nokomis.
Fourteen teams from the FBI and law enforcement agencies in Sarasota, Collier, Highlands, Lee, Charlotte and Manatee counties competed throughout the day in four roundup-style events, and the top five teams were:
- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office – Gold Team
- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office – Green Team
- Cape Coral Police Department
- Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
- Collier County Sheriff’s Office
The team taking the top spot in each individual event was also recognized, and that turned out to be the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Gold Team in all four events.
The competition brings together SWAT teams from around the region so they train together and are familiar with each other before an incident occurs. Events are designed to test marksmanship, following procedures and rules, teamwork and physical fitness.
The competition was supported by the Florida SWAT Association, a number of tactical supply companies and local businesses.