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Columbia SWAT Team practices drills in abandoned houses

Monday, June 27, 2011 | 6:27 p.m. CDT; updated 4:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The SWAT team undergoes field training Monday afternoon in abandoned buildings located near College Avenue and Walnut Street. The buildings, set for demolition, gave the teams a three dimensional atmosphere to practice barricade and hostage rescues.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia SWAT Team held a training day to focus on hostage and barricade rescues.

The team roped off an area of abandoned houses using yellow caution tape between Walnut and East Ash streets to practice the drills it would use in a real situation.

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“We see what works and what doesn’t work,” Officer Jeff Forck said. “It’s a good time to make our mistakes in training so that we don’t make them in live operations.”

Forck said the team had permission to conduct its drills in the abandoned houses and that it rarely gets to practice in actual buildings. The plan was to practice until 6 p.m. Monday.


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Eric Cox June 28, 2011 | 10:09 a.m.

Did they get some dogs to shoot? Or do they already have all the practice they need to kill people's pets? Thugs, worse than thugs at least with thugs you have some kind of recourse.

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Jack Hamm June 28, 2011 | 10:20 a.m.

Why was there no story of them "practicing" last week when they were throwing flash bangs into the houses until 10:00 at night on a Monday in a residential area? More boys playing with their toys.

Any estimate on how much the city spent on these guys playing solider?

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Jeremy Calton June 28, 2011 | 1:43 p.m.

Those buildings are empty, but not abandoned. Abandoned is like Times Beach, MO or Love Canal, NY.

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Michael Williams June 28, 2011 | 3:32 p.m.

Any estimate on how much the city spent on these guys playing solider (sic)?

Probably not much at all, except for a few expendables. It's like saying the Coast Guard spent 5 million rescuing someone from a distressed sailboat. Well, no, it didn't cost that at all. Except for fuel, the ship costs about the same in port as on the sea, and the crew is already paid.

On the other hand, I don't know how SWAT members are paid. Overtime? Or does normal scheduling for patrols allow training time? Calling all police spokespersons........

(What's a solider? Is steel more solider than copper?)

;^)

PS: It really bothers me when folks cry for more police training when something goes awry, but then gripe when they train. Some folks are NEVER happy......or maybe they get paid minimum wage as a professional griper. Is there an advanced degree? At Rolla? (that last comment was intended to rile up my fellow poster Ellis).

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Paul Allaire June 28, 2011 | 3:47 p.m.

Stop griping, Mike.

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Ellis Smith June 28, 2011 | 5:04 p.m.

No, Michael Williams, there is no advanced degree at MS&T for "Solider." In fact I cannot find the term listed anywhere in the ASM "Dictionary of Materials Engineering" reference book. Michael, if it ain't in that reference it doesn't exist! Not on this planet, anyway.

We do have the only ABET-approved Master of Science Degree program in Explosives Engineering in the United States. Colorado School of Mines doesn't have that (but they have a brewery in town). It has come to our attention that a surprising number of female students studying engineering at various schools these days are opting for Mining Engineering. (No joke.) This situation might present a fertile field for psychological inquiry: Do today's young women harbor a suppressed desire to blow things up?

And remember our FREE bumper stickers:

EARTH FIRST!
WE'LL MINE THE OTHER PLANETS LATER.

YOU CAN PREVENT FORECT FIRES!
STRIP MINE!

[I logged on just now and was shocked to see a post from Paul addressed to you. In one of her ravings (sorry, posts) Delcia assigned Paul to Iraq! Perhaps he's posting from there.]

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Michael Williams June 28, 2011 | 5:14 p.m.

No, no, no, Ellis. I did not inquire about an advanced degree in Solider.

I inquired about an advanced degree for professional griping.

You just gotta quit reading the first and last lines of my rants...er...missives.

Tha real guts are in da middle.

(A real-life SAT question:

Paul is to Michael as moth is to:

(1) Bug zapper
(2) Iraq
(3) Flame
(4) Train

PS: Yeah, I loved Delcia's comment. As stated in the movie Steel Magnolias......ooooo, spoken like a true smartass.

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Ellis Smith June 28, 2011 | 5:40 p.m.

Sorry about that, Michael. :)

I've searched the MS&T on line catalog and there is no BS or MS degree in Griping. However, both engineering students and professional engineers have been known to engage in the practice - on rare occasions.

Our students have been known to incessantly gripe about some subjects, such as differential equations, thermodynamics, optical microscopy, stratigraphy and organic chemistry. But a cold beer after class usually does wonders.

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Michael Williams June 28, 2011 | 5:50 p.m.

Ellis:

Chemists gripe, too, but only when attempting a thermodynamically impossible reaction....repeatedly, with much head banging, expecting a different result each time with great hopey-change. Why, to look at us in action, you'd think we were Obama supporters.

Quite frankly, we see NO need for activation energy and can see NO good reason why you guys invented it.

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Paul Allaire June 28, 2011 | 6:34 p.m.

The correct answer is e. Paul is to Mike as moth is to amoeba.

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Mark Foecking June 29, 2011 | 9:29 a.m.

Michael Williams wrote:

"Quite frankly, we see NO need for activation energy and can see NO good reason why you guys invented it."

It DOES tend to keep the rate of spontaneous combustion down...

:^)

DK

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Paul Allaire June 29, 2011 | 11:32 a.m.

In a world without activation energy none of you would be able to save your (posteriors). Especially you, Mike. All of those sweet smelling comments you make - ignited the moment they first appear. Before you can even preview them.

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Carra Hansen June 30, 2011 | 10:10 a.m.

For those wondering how much money was spent on this training for SWAT, officer Jeff Forck said no money was spent for the team to use those buildings and it was a regular scheduled training day, so no overtime was used either.

-Carra Hansen, Columbia Missourian

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Michael Williams June 30, 2011 | 10:44 a.m.

Mark: "It DOES tend to keep the rate of spontaneous combustion down..."
_________________________

Well...yer right. A whole new meaning for "Great Balls of Fire!" for some folks.

(Very funny response from you...and logical, too. Good stuff)

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Delcia Crockett June 30, 2011 | 12:33 p.m.

@"For those wondering how much money was spent on this training for SWAT, officer Jeff Forck said no money was spent for the team to use those buildings and it was a regular scheduled training day, so no overtime was used either."
Thank you for the facts. Just like our police, do their job and make do with what they have.

@"area of abandoned houses..."
And, besides, got rid of some abandoned buildings at the same time!

Great job!

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John Schultz June 30, 2011 | 12:55 p.m.

Um no, I imagine that the Odle's will be responsible for demolishing and removing the old buildings.

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Delcia Crockett June 30, 2011 | 3:04 p.m.

I can see your point, JS.

After posting earlier, I thought it might look like a leap - but this was what I was referencing from the caption of photo:

"The drills took place at a small throng of abandoned properties marked for demolition, which were granted for training purposes by the owners."

I can see how anyone would follow from comments made to thinking I was yet talking about the police in the second comment.

Now, we know.
: )

Sorry about that.

Follow-ups on what the properties will be, once the properties are demolished?

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