Weiss and Davis explore the training program of the Clearwater SWAT team in waterborne operations. The training ideas included understanding available watercraft and their uses, and an explanation of law enforcement partnership at the Sand Key Coast Guard Station. Also taught was hands-on practice runs with the watercraft, deployment practice with set-up teams for each watercraft, and practical exercises dealing with land clearing of barrier and spoiler islands.
Swat Borrows a Navy
The Clearwater, FL SWAT had a great idea- train in waterborne operations. They didn't have anything seaworthy, but the Clearwater Fire Department did. The SWAT medics, who are also firelighters, have access to the fire department's boats: a three-seat Polaris jet ski; a three-seat SeaDoo jet ski; and a larger, rigid-hull, inflatable boat. So, SWAT borrowed a navy.Clearwater SWAT has tried waterborne training before. On a real-life occasion, they borrowed a johnboat and used it to approach a bad guy's position ...