RICHLAND, Wash.—The Tri-Cities SWAT Team has officially added a new member. Officer Matt Nelson is the newest addition.
Officer Nelson has been in law enforcement for 11 years. He started with Pasco Police and has been with Richland Police for just over a year. He has worked as a canine handler and school resource officer before becoming a senior officer.
Three senior officers tested Wednesday for the only open position on the 24 member squad. The applicants underwent a physical test, firearms test, and faced an oral board.
"We need someone who is in good physical shape. We need someone who is extremely intelligent, someone who is able to think under pressure, someone who has a high degree of commitment and is willing to face all the unique challenges that a tactical environment presents," says Captain Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.
Officer Nelson will now go through 75 hours of training in five days. His duties are effective immediately.