Team OPD came in 1st place at the SWAT Round-Up International competition earlier this month. “Over the course of this week, we have seen the dedication and perseverance our OPD SWAT Team have accomplished through the rigorous obstacles,” the Orlando Police Department posted. Their hard work earned them the top spot.
SWAT Round-Up International is a week-long competition event that tests the officer’s abilities to shoot accurately, move dynamically, think “on the fly” and make hard decisions.
More than just a training event or pulse-pounding competition, SWAT Round-Up is a sum that is greater than its parts. Ultimately it is an opportunity for operators across the globe to come together as one to learn from each other. “The brotherhood you share with your teammates will extend to your fellow operators as you train, compete and cheer each other on,” OPD posted. “The relationships you form here will be based on your shared values of loyalty, bravery and dedication to saving lives and these bonds will last your lifetime.”
The training and education program is a vital component of the SWAT Round-Up International experience. Each of the five Round-Up competition events should be considered a training opportunity. These events are geared for simulation of real life scenarios and are intended to challenge the team as a unit. Optional events emphasize weapon expertise and physical fitness.