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Erie's SWAT Team is called upon to respond to high risk situations. To become a member of the team, officers go through some intense training. 

On Tuesday night, 12 officers were vying for the open spots on that team, taking part in the physical agility test.

"We have a six-foot wall, a 125 pound dummy they must drag or carry, take it through the window and other obstacles. Climb a rope, run up stairs several times, and go to the firing course at the range," said SWAT Team Commander, Srgt Jon Nolan.

This part of their test shows how these officers perform under pressure. Once they've been selected to the team, Srgt Nolan said their training still isn't done.

"The candidates that qualified to be on the team will then have to go through SWAT basic course that's put on by myself and team leaders that's forty hours. Once they graduate from that, then they'll be fill members of the team and participate in any call that we have." 

Going through this type of training and drills helps the Erie SWAT Team be better prepared for any situation. Even something like what happened in Boston just last week.

"They did an excellent job of locating, naming suspects and actually finding them," said Srgt Nolan. "It was also help in the community that actually located him in the first place. Then from that point, it became a tactical situation that these officers really needed to be trained in how to handle that."

Srgt Nolan says the sort of techniques they use are constantly changing, so throughout the year, the SWAT Team trains, to keep up with the latest tactical practices.

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