Carmel S.W.A.T. Team Takes Gold

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Date: June 15, 2001

Carmel S.W.A.T. Team Takes Gold at World Police and Fire Games

Carmel, IN – Carmel Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team has taken the gold medal in the 2001 World Police and Fire Games five day-five event S.W.A.T. competition. There were 15 S.W.A.T teams (including Carmel) entered in the highly competitive event. Carmel won with a score of 402, 22 points ahead of the number two team.

Carmel’s S.W.A.T. team members participating in the 2001 World Police and Fire Games include team captain Lt. David Strong, Sgt. Joseph Bickel, Sgt. Jeff Horner, Officer Greg Gross, Officer Rob Harris, and Officer Curtis Scott.

"Carmel is honored to have this team win gold in an event that reflects some of their responsibilities as sworn officers of the Carmel Police Department. Luckily, we don’t have to call the S.W.A.T. team out too often, but the community should be glad to know that when the need arises, it is being responded to by the best in the world," said Mayor Jim Brainard.

Twenty officers make up Carmel’s S.W.A.T. team, which trains 12 hours each month and for four to five days in May and October at Camp Atterbury. However, only six team members competed in the 2001 World Police and Fire Games. Commander of the Carmel S.W.A.T. team is Lt. Charlie Harting.

While the second place and other teams at the S.W.A.T. competition are full-time teams, either engaged in S.W.A.T.-related training or responding to situations each day, Carmel’s team is made up of members of our local law enforcement department with other daily responsibilities. "This accomplishment speaks highly of the training and dedication these officers have toward their S.W.A.T. duties. We are very proud to have them bringing home the gold," said Carmel Police Chief Michael Fogarty.

Other members of Carmel’s Police Department assisted at the S.W.A.T. events including: Lt. Ron Carter – Range Official; Lt. Charlie Harting – security; Officer John McAllister and Officer Adam Miller – S.W.A.T. officials; Officer Charlie Driver - coarse assistant and stats; Detective Kirk Howard - S.W.A.T. assistant; and Detective Brad Hedrick – official.

There were five days of S.W.A.T. competition. Four events took place at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Indiana, with the "Shoot House" event being held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana.

  • Day one consisted of a Land Navigation/Orienteering course.
    S.W.A.T. teams were given a map and a compass and were required to find various checkpoints and the finish location. Each team was timed during this event.

  • The second day, teams tackled the Open Air Assault coarse at Camp Atterbury. This grueling event consisted of running with a battering ram and rifle stopping at designated points along the 300 yard-long course to fire shots at specified targets. Near the end of the course, a team member must fire teargas through a three foot square window, then the team must ram the door and enter a simulated shoot house, shoot targets in the house, exit and then run the 300 yards back to the start/finish line.

  • The third day, teams traveled to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to compete in the Shoot House event. Team members went two at a time through the structure’s 6-rooms, clearing 2 – 4 targets in each room, then carrying out a 140-pound dummy without any part of it touching the ground at any time. This event was a timed event and 4 minutes were added for each missed shot.

  • The fourth day was the sniper coarse. Sniper shooters shot at metal coins about the size of silver dollars with a 308 caliber rifle, at 75 yards laying in the prone position.

  • Day five was the rugged obstacle course designed with a number of extremely tough challenges. Our team finished in less than 13 minutes.