HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith and Officer Michael Eshner would like to provide residents with updates of the Holbrook Police Junior Police Academy as it goes on throughout the week.
On day two of the academy, the class learned about SWAT operations, drug awareness and defensive tactics.
Officer Casey Surprenant, of the MetroLEC SWAT team, taught the class how SWAT teams prepare, train for and execute operations. He also brought the SWAT team’s armored Bearcat vehicle which is used to keep SWAT officers safe during operations and incidents. The kids were allowed to climb into and explore the Bearcat. The kids were also able to try on SWAT gear and use night vision goggles to find their way around a darkened auditorium. Officer Nate Rookard also brought a Holbrook Police motorcycle for the kids to check out.
Later in the day, Sgt. Dan Ford taught the class about drug awareness. The kids then participated in a defensive tactics class with Sgt. Ford and a physical training session with Officer Surprenant.
Holbrook Police would like to thank the MetroLEC SWAT team and Officer Surprenant for allowing the kids to check out the Bearcat and try on SWAT gear. The department would also like to thank Officer Rookard for bringing the police motorcycle.
Stay tuned tomorrow for what the kids did on Day 3 of the Junior Police Academy!