New SWAT team members train preparing for threats

- Atlanta's mayor, fresh from a briefing with the national director of homeland security, explains changes he ordered in tactical response capability by the Atlanta Police Department. 

Any such response would be lead by the SWAT squad. It has been doubled at the mayor's instructions.

But putting those officers in place is just the beginning. The new members must be trained and that training is rigorous. 

Recently, our FOX 5 photographer Matt Stringer got pictures of new members scaling a wall over the downtown interstate -- a repelling exercise. 

Kasim Reed says by making the unit larger, it will give the chief the ability to deploy members to multiple threat locations timed by terrorists to try to stay ahead of law enforcement. 

Reed calls threats nationally and locally "real." Reed said the job of being a big city mayor changed forever after paris. 

 

 

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