The Santa Clara County
Sheriff's Department is hosting its 16th Annual Best In The West
S.W.A.T. competition. The two-day event, attracting top S.W.A.T. teams
from California, Washington, Arizona and Nevada, will be held at the
Sheriff's Range in San Jose on Thursday and Friday, September 20th and
21st. The event is closed to the public due to safety and liability
concerns, but local and national news media is invited to cover the
competition. This year, 36 S.W.A.T. Teams will compete in seven events
including The Jungle Trail, The Sniper Course, and a Live Fire House in
which real ammunition is used. The total points earned in each event are
combined to determine which S.W.A.T. team is the “Best In The West”.
While the nationally recognized competition is fierce, Best In The West
breeds a special camaraderie among the elite special teams and serves as
a workshop to share techniques and improve performance. The annual
competition is widely covered by local media and national law
enforcement publications. The range will be available for news media to
preview on the day of the event. Sheriff Laurie Smith holds her Sheriff’s
Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) with great pride, not only for their
own standard of excellence on S.W.A.T. operations they have performed,
but also for their dedication and professionalism in managing Best In
The West event. Maxim Integrated is the primary sponsor of this event.
The Sheriff's Advisory Board's contributions are also a big help in
making the Best In The West competition possible.
Please contact Sergeant Ed Wise for details on covering this event at (408) 808-4905 or at Edward.Wise@sho.co.santa-clara.ca.us.