BILL KELLY: Every month,
officers assigned to the Kearney police department SWAT team train and drill. For this drill, we were
there with 360 degree cameras. That's me in
the orange vest shooting some
additional video. It's a mix of
city police offers and Buffalo County
sheriff's deputies. They're practicing tactics to respond to a high-risk suspect inside of a building. SGT. KYLE HARHBARGER:
SWAT just basically stands for Special Weapons
And Tactics. We train as a team. We have special tools that
a normal officer doesn't have. What it really
comes down to is when deployed in
a high risk situation, weather it be armed
barricade subject, a high risk
search warrant where they might
possibly be armed, all the way to
a hostage situation. BILL KELLY: This facility,
designed for firefighters, also is able to run real life exercises for the SWAT team. OFFICER: Breacher!
Banger! BILLY KELLY: The team
leader calls for a breacher to break open the door and a banger to be ready
with a flash grenade. In this simulation,
the volunteer bad guy waits in a back room. It's a dangerous scenario if the team must walk
down that long hallway.
OFFICER: Breach! (GLASS BREAKING) BILLY KELLY: Outside, officers will breach the doorway and pretend to throw down earsplitting explosive charges, hoping to disorientate
the man inside. GREG BENSON: For the last
seven to eight years we have used a tactic
of dynamic entry. Speed, surprise,
violence and action, that's the kind of
verbiage that we use. Which, as soon as we
hit that door, boom! We were coming in and trying
to dominate the structure as quickly and safely
as we could. OFFICER: I have contact! Contact!
Back room over there! BILL KELLY: The SWAT unit
secures the front of the house. Now the team leader
coaxes the suspect down the hallway
and into the open. OFFICER: Hands up! SUSPECT: I apologize. OFFICER: Stop! Hands up
where I can see them, bud! Can you hear me? SUSPECT: Yeah. OFFICER: Hands higher!
Walk towards me.
Slowly. Slowly. BILL KELLY: Officer Greg
Benson is the team leader. You can see him there
reminding officers about the best way to position
themselves and their weapons. The SWAT team now
has a safe distance to watch the
suspect's movements. There is more
time for both sides to think through
the risks. The goal is to eliminate risky split-second shoot
or don't shoot instincts. OFICER: Stop! Turn to face me.
To your right. Turn to your right,
to your right. Get down on your knees. To your knees. Walk hands
and knees to me. Hands to knees to me. Hands to knees to me. We have him. We have him. No problem. No problem.
No problem. BILL KELLY: Instead of
the explosive shock and awe you may have seen
in TV or the movies the tactics are slower
and more methodical, with an eye on safety. GREG BENSON: If I'm
further away from you, let's say at the doorway
calling you out, what advantage
do I have there? I have time and space.
I'm going to be
able to communicate, and make a better decision versus the old way
of diving into a room, what did I just
give up there? BILL KELLY: The team
member drill these tactics, often introducing
unexpected plot twists. Trainers rethought over the years the run and gun method. GREG BENSON: They have realized that we're losing a lot of guys. What we're doing
is not that safe. OFFICER: Go! Go! Open door right!
Open door right! Police department!
Search area! GREG BENSON: Let's not rush
into a house of an unknown or a lone suspect and
getting cops killed.
Ok? Let's think
about our tactics there's other things
that we can do. OFFICER: Slowly stand up. Keep your hands up. Slowly stand up. Hands up! Slowly walk towards us. BILL KELLY: What happens in the field can never be predicted, but with these tactics
SWAT teams can focus on keeping their officers
and their suspects safe. For NET News,
I'm Bill Kelly..