WILLIAM SOLLIE ( read )
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The SWAT TEAM consists of highly motivated, specially trained officers, who excel at performing very specialized missions under extremely stressful circumstances, sometimes with very little advanced notice. When brought together, these highly skilled professionals function as a single unit within a team concept, which allows mission completion to be thorough and safe.
The agency requires SWAT members to train a minimum of eight hours monthly on scenario-based exercises that include negotiations of incidents, verbal skills, and entry team drills.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun
In August, 2005, Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun began serving as Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Commander. He received and completed training from the National Tactical Officers Association and the SWAT Commander Decision and Leadership Training Program.
Assistant SWAT Commander
Sgt. Kris Cokel
Sgt. Kris Cokel initiated his SWAT training in 1994 with the United States Army. His training is in Basic, Tactical, Team Leadership, Advanced and Executive Protection.
In 2000, Sgt. Cokel furthered his career and training in Law Enforcement adding, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Anti-Terrorism, Incident and Unified Command and WOMD Event Courses. From 2009-2018 his training included instructor courses in, Executive and Personal Protection, Shoothouse, Active Shooter, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Breaching, Explosives, and NTOA SWAT Command Decision Making and Leadership I. Sgt. Cokel also holds various firearms related instructor certifications.
Sgt. Cokel is proud to have built, train and lead the only certified SWAT Team for the Department of the Navy, June 1995.