By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published Oct. 15, 2011

The Dickson police and county sheriff’s office Special Weapons and Tactics teams merged in 2000. Eleven years later their combined efforts have resulted in one of the most extensive SWAT training programs in the state.

The county’s Special Operations Response Team, comprised of 20 members from the police and sheriff departments, recently hosted a basic SWAT school to train neighboring agencies in Tennessee Homeland Security District 7.

“We try to get everybody in the district to where we’re on the same page as far as tactics and who’s doing what,” explained SORT Commander Capt. Dwayne Hayes, of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Say I go to Montgomery County or Springfield and we have to do a SWAT operation with them, I know what they’re going to do because we’ve done it together,” he added. “So everybody’s trained up to the same level, and knows what we’re doing.”

District 7 includes SWAT teams from Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Stewart, and Robertson counties.

SORT capitalizes on federal Homeland Security funding to sponsor the SWAT school, which took place in Dickson County last week. SORT also offered the districtwide training school last fall.

Hayes explained SORT has conducted SWAT schools for several years. He noted SWAT team leaders throughout the district decided to train their teams locally in Dickson County, so every team in the district would be on the same level of training.

“It’s the class we do every year, but we put the people in the district in it and Homeland Security money has actually paid for their tuition and stuff, so it’s no out−of−pocket expense for the departments,” said Hayes.

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