SLIDESHOW: LMPD SWAT training at U of L silos
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Behind the silos you can't miss along I-65 are new training grounds for LMPD's SWAT team.
With their gear on and guns drawn, officers acted out the dangerous scenarios they respond to throughout the landmark property Monday.
SWAT team leaders say it's important to train in new locations so officers are facing different challenges. The silos property is especially helpful because it has warehouses, offices and the silos.
"The problem is if you train in the same place on a regular basis, then guys just get kind of used to the room to where they're not really reacting as much," said Lt. Ryan Bates.
The silos property used be owned by Solae Co. to process soy beans. U of L recently bought it and is allowing the SWAT team to practice there.
"We're going to tear down this property so if they want to bang in doors, knock out windows, whatever they need to do, that's fine with us," said University of Louisville spokesman Mark Hebert.
About 30 members started the training just before 10 a.m. Monday. Lt. Bates says they practiced situations like active shooters or locating someone inside a building.
"They were excited to come to a different location," Lt. Bates said. "We have several sites that we go to on a regular basis. Anytime we can go somewhere new and get a different look is appreciated."
Lt. Bates says the SWAT team often practices at the same schools and businesses. SWAT team members say when they respond, it's important to be ready for anything.
"We need to be flexible so if we learn and train to be flexible everywhere we go, we'll be able to do what we need to," said Sgt. Jason Poston.
University officials say right now they're working to find out how much it'll cost to tear the silos and buildings down and don't know what will be built on the land.
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