News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 8:13 a.m.
The Clackamas County Interagency Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) along with members of the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit will be conducting a training exercise in the vicinity of Pilkington Road and Lower Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego today (Friday, Dec. 4, 2015) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the day, people in the area may see tactical police vehicles and police officers involved in the exercise and may hear explosions that are part of the exercise. Personal and written notifications of nearby neighbors are being made by members of the team.
This training has been planned for several months and is part of a carefully developed training plan that the SWAT Team executes to maintain a high level of proficiency in conducting operations in support of the needs of law enforcement agencies throughout the county. This notification is being made out of an awareness that current national and international incidents in the recent past may make people more concerned that usual about the activities being conducted. Safety measures and dedicated safety officers will be in place to keep the public safe.
The SWAT Team is made up of 24 police officers. Seventeen are deputies of the Clackamas County Sheriff, and 7 are officers from other police agencies within Clackamas County. Present during this training will be elements of the team's tactical medicine program, which is comprised of a trauma surgeon, an emergency room physician and 5 paramedics. You can learn more about the SWAT Team here.
Because of the dangers inherent in this training and specialized safety equipment that is required for all present, we are unable to accommodate media requests to view the training from areas not open to the public.
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office