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Charlottesville Police Officers Participate in Harrisonburg Training

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Lieutenant Steve Upman of the Charlottesville Police Department Lieutenant Steve Upman of the Charlottesville Police Department
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WVIR) -

A group of Charlottesville police officers are putting their skills to the test and practicing making quick decisions.

SWAT teams from all over Virginia spent Friday on one course in Harrisonburg, shooting at perpetrators like Darth Vader and transporting fake victims.

“This is a good way to test your folks under stress, some artificial stress,” said Captain Tom Hoover of the Harrisonburg Police Department.

"We respond as we train, so the more stress we can add into our training, the more that we'll have the ability to make those decisions when it's a real life situation,” said Lieutenant Steve Upman of the Charlottesville Police Department.

Training was not the only thing on the minds of these officers. They also put to their skills to the test with a little friendly but intense competition.

“It’s a great day to come out here, have some fun, test our skills. We look at it as another day of training for us, meet other SWAT operators from other jurisdictions that we wouldn't normally have the opportunity to train with,” Upman said.

It’s not all guns and tactical operations - officers have to wind their way through obstacle courses that are set up to make them sweat.

“Most of these guys and gals are definitely Type A personalities. They want to give 110 percent and these courses are set up that they can take 110 percent,” said Hoover.

For Charlottesville police, these training days are essential so they be prepared for when the real call comes.

The Charlottesville Police Department wasn’t the only department that participated in Friday’s training - the Staunton Police Department and Augusta County Sheriff’s Office sent SWAT teams to compete as well.

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