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SWAT team sweats in training

Hubbard County Sgt. Chad Olson shimmies under a barricade at his annual SWAT team certification last Tuesday in Park Rapids. Team members ran, scaled a wall, jumped through tires and performed other agility tests to remain qualified. They use Army standards of fitness training, said team leader Troy Christenson. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 3
SWAT Team leader Troy Christenson and Sgt. Shane Plautz run through a field. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 3
Officers jump through tires. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 3

Fresh off a successful apprehension of a suspect in Menahga, the combined Hubbard and Wadena County SWAT team, reported to the Park Rapids city gun range for additional trainng last week.

"Our SWAT Unit is an emergency response combined team with Wadena County," said Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. "Combining our resources works very well in rural counties where the number of officers tend to be low. The SWAT Team is generally called upon to make high-risk entries into buildings. They have been utilized on a regular basis in both Hubbard and Wadena Counties as well as neighboring counties requesting our assistance. The team consists of 14 members, which includes a hostage negotiator and a medic."

Park Rapids and Menahga police also round out the squad.

Team leader Troy Christenson said the group trains monthly. He laughed as he finished his qualifying physical. "I trained a month for this," he said, breathing heavily. Firearms training and hostage negotiations are also included in the training.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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