Brookhaven Police Officers join North Metro SWAT Team

North Metro SWAT closes in on a house during a training exercise in Ashford Park

North Metro SWAT closes in on a house during a training exercise in Ashford Park

Brookhaven, GA Feb. 7, 2014 – Three Brookhaven Police Officers have been accepted to serve on the North Metro SWAT Team, a multi-jurisdictional critical incident response team that supports North Atlanta municipalities.

Brookhaven Officers Patrick DiCicco, William McDaniel and John Clifford were extended this opportunity after passing a series of strenuous physical fitness tests. Their invitation to join this team means they represent the top 10 percent of all officers from four jurisdictions: Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek.

North Metro SWAT Team tactical officers will study and train to handle critical incidents, including hostage situations, high-risk apprehensions and sniper situations.

“I am proud of our officers’ hard work during the selection process and will support their commitment to this team as they continue their tactical training with exceptional officers from our neighboring law enforcement agencies,” Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura said.

The concept of a regional SWAT team for North Atlanta was first introduced after the incorporation of the Cities of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek.  Municipal law enforcement agencies in the new cities sought to provide better protection at a lower cost to taxpayers. In December 2009, the North Metro SWAT Team was established allowing the cities to share costs, manpower and resources.

The North Metro SWAT team tactical unit trains approximately 200 hours annually. Training consists of firearms qualifications, room clearing and search techniques, team movement, unarmed defensive tactics, use of chemical and less lethal munitions and Hostage Rescue. Team members are required to pass two physical fitness qualifications annually.

The team is organized similar to a traditional single agency SWAT team with a Team Commander, two Entry Team Leaders, a Perimeter Team leader and a Counter Sniper Team leader. The remaining team members fill a variety of assignments including entry team, counter snipers, perimeter, breaching and chemical munitions specialists.


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