Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Homes Purchased For NSC Project Used For SWAT Training

Here's something interesting; the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Department of Transportation have partnered to provide realistic training opportunities for the Sheriff’s SWAT Team.

The WSDOT is in the process of purchasing a number of houses as part of the North Spokane Corridor project. Many of these structures are slated for demolition, but prior to removal, the SWAT Team has staged training exercises in several of them.

The SWAT Team uses the houses to conduct training in basic entry skills for their members, working on techniques for approach and entry into residences and rooms plus searching and clearing of the home. The training benefits the SWAT Team by training their staff with homes realistic to real life situations.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.