The Collier County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was recently honored for excellence at a weeklong international competition in Central Florida.
The Florida SWAT Association (FSA) presented the CCSO SWAT Team with the FSA Presidential Award of Excellence during the 31st annual SWAT Roundup International Competition in Orlando Nov. 10-15.
Each year the FSA chooses one team from Florida that exemplifies excellence, team unity and esprit de corps.
This marks the second time the CCSO SWAT team has received the Presidential Award of Excellence. The last time was in 2008. No other SWAT team has received the award more than once.
The SWAT Roundup International combines education and training seminars, head-to-head competition and a trade show into one major event. It began as a means to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among agencies, but has evolved into an international showcase for special operations teams from across the United States and around the world. Great efforts are made to ensure the primary focus remains committed to team and individual training.
The eight-member CCSO SWAT team led by Sgt. Michael Stillwell placed ninth overall out of 57 total teams, including 16 international teams from countries as far away as Kuwait, Bosnia, Romania and Brazil.
CCSO placed among the top 10 in three of the five mandatory competitive events during the week, which included hostage rescue, officer rescue and an obstacle course.
CCSO also took first-place honors in the Lenco BearCat challenge, an optional specialty team event. This event required five members from each team to work as a unit to engage multiple shooting targets while driving the Lenco BearCat armored vehicle to complete the mission. The CCSO team was judged to be the fastest and most accurate shooter.
Congratulations to the CCSO SWAT team!