Bringing It All Back Home

Matt Barganier, July 26, 2006

Interesting developments in the town where I was born:

As the fighting continues overseas, some lessons from the Middle East conflict are hitting home right here in Alabama. Members of the Montgomery Police Department SWAT team are in a five day counterterrorism school taught by a former Israeli servicemember.

Out at the practice range, the 12 member team learns that timing is everything. SWAT team member Todd Wheeler notes, “The way the Israelis do it, it’s extremely dynamic. It’s extremely fast and that’s the only way to fight counterterrorism.”

That’s also why the Montgomery SWAT team is training with Aaron Cohen. He’s a veteran of the Israeli counterterrorist unit. Now his four year stint with that team will work for this team. Cohen says he wants, “to be able to help them reduce risk while responding to terrorist threats while in crowded areas.” Cohen says these drills and the current situation in the Middle East are a powerful combination for him. He explains,”It’s tough. It hits home for me because my unit is working there right now.”

Doing this perhaps? Yep, residents of Montgomery can expect some mighty “dynamic” drug busts from now on.




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