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Police Gather for 12th Annual SWAT Team Competition

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There's nothing like a little friendly competition with rifles and gas masks.  Nine different police and sheriff's departments from all over Virginia gathered for the annual SWAT Team Competition in Harrisonburg.

Teams are tested on a brutal obstacle course, a pair of shooting ranges, and in a mystery event that required a hostage rescue.  The events aim to simulate the real-life stress of a SWAT team in action.

"I couldn't breathe, my heart was beating really bad, I couldn't figure out how to communicate with my buddy with his gas mask on," said Captain Tom Hoover with Harrisonburg police.  "They take it very seriously, they're very competitive.  It kind of duplicates what you might see in an actual mission that you might have to do tonight or tomorrow."

Charlottesville police and Augusta County deputies took part in the 12th annual competition.  Organizers boast that only the top SWAT teams have the guts to show up and put their training to the test.

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