RICHLAND, Wash. - The Benton County Regional Swat Team turned an old, run down mobile home community off Columbia Trail into a practice field Wednesday afternoon.
They used two 16-year-old boys as mock criminals. Austin Paxton's stepfather is on the SWAT team. Austin and his friend Dallas Phillip got to act out what it would be like if the SWAT team was called in on them. They pretended to be criminals barricaded inside a house.
Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb worked on the SWAT team for 16 years. He said it is very stressful and intense. He said it is competitive and said there is a lot of training that goes into becoming part of the team.
The SWAT Team is made up of about 20 law enforcement officers from Kennewick, Benton County, Richland and Prosser. They train twice a month and try to prepare themselves for the various situations that they are called out on.
Cobb said they deal with domestics violence, suicidal subjects and all different kinds of highly emotional scenarios. He said, "You never know what you will face when that pager goes off."
Richland Police said many times the public is very uneasy when they see the SWAT Team arrive but police said they are making the community safer when they are at the scene.