SWAT recruits face Hell Week in Utah County

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) — New SWAT recruits in Utah County have two more days left of hell to face.

38 new recruits are going through rigorous training to become SWAT team members.

Over the weekend, members had a one of a kind active shooter training located at a Utah County school. 

Ellissa Collet is a 10-grader who participated in the event. 

“People are just running down the hall and like just officers yelling, and trying to get people out of their way, and trying to track down the fake shooters,” she said.

The training exercise built to get new SWAT recruits the most lifelike scenario when it comes to active shooters.

“Being involved in a training like this helps them better cope is they were ever in a real situation because they have been in this situation and they can start thinking, their body knows this is what I would do because I’ve trained this before,” said Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith.

Part of the drill is Sarah Bush. She was a sophomore at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the day of their tragic shooting.

“It is hard for us to see our kids go to school, but when we see these guys in here doing this stuff it’s comforting. It is comforting to know they have a drill, they know what to do and we empower our kids through that process as well,” she said.

Bush now lives in Utah. She says being in schools is very hard for her.
“It is hard for me to see lockers; it is hard for me to be in this kind of environment altogether. So that alone is an accomplishment for me to be in a school setting,” she added. “It is empowering each time to come but it doesn’t get easier.”

What is easy is knowing she is helping children and officers prepare in the case for the worst case scenarios. 

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