The Leon County Special Weapons and Tactics team goes into action, but this mission is to train the public. The situation is this: a man holds hostages inside of a building and the job of SWAT is to bring everything under control.
By watching the action from a distance, members of the Citizens Academy get an up close and personal demonstration of SWAT techniques.
Leon County Sheriff’s officials say these events are win-win situations for their department and the public.
"It provides an opportunity for our citizens who we love dearly to see what we do. There's no better way to teach than education and through showing them through experience and going to what we do,” says SGT Nancy Burns.
The Citizens Academy classes last for 10 weeks and begin each year in February.