MEDFORD, Ore. – A specialized, elite force in the Rogue Valley trains for situations like the fatal shooting at the Clackamas Mall.
The Medford Police Department’s SWAT team, made up of 16 members, train every year on a variety of dangerous situations. In the last several years, the department has incorporated active shooter scenarios in its training.
The fatal shooting at the Clackamas Town Center Mall is a situation the SWAT team prepares for but for the events that follow afterward. The patrol officers are the first line of defense and then, the SWAT team assists them.
“There’s still a lot that needs to be done. There’s secondary explosive devices that we’ve seen suspects leave. We’ve seen multiple suspects and a swat team could be used to rescue those people that are injured and get them out to safety. Often it’s too dangerous for paramedics to get into,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
The SWAT team practiced shooting at the range for the second portion of the training. The department is also looking into other resources to train with like a computer simulation program, where officers can practice on a virtual field.