OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – SWAT Teams across Utah are smashing out windows as part of a training at Weber State University. With a standoff situation Thursday in Providence, it may be a good time to do it.
Thursday the Cache County SWAT team was called to help in a standoff with a suicidal man at a providence home. After hours of negotiations the standoff ended peacefully, but SWAT officers are prepared for nearly every situation and that’s bringing them to Weber State University.
The Layton SWAT team is breaking new ground. They’re one of 12 police agencies taking a crack at Weber State’s Promontory Tower.
“It’s always fun to break someone else’s property,” said Sgt. Rod Dixon, Layton City SWAT Team.
Weber State is tearing the tower down. But before bulldozers come in, the University is loaning it out to SWAT teams throughout the state to let them train how to break out windows to get into a high rise, as well as other tactical moves ABC 4 was not allowed to show viewers.
“The Administration felt like it was a good way to reach out to the community. The University doesn’t just provide education, they’re part of the community,” said Jack Rickards, Director of Weber State University Law Enforcement Academy.
“We have some new guys on our team, so in order for them to get this experience, this is wonderful for them,” said Dixon.
Friday was the last of three days SWAT teams were training at Weber State.