SAVANNAH, GA (October 11, 2017) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team will be conducting a training exercise at Oglethorpe Mall at 7 a.m. on October 12.

SWAT conducts these extensive training exercises multiple times per year, in order to enhance their ability to rapidly respond to and resolve hostage, barricaded gunman and active shooter situations. Past training locations have included schools, churches and local businesses. This training event has been planned for several months.

The training will last approximately two hours, and will be completed before the mall is scheduled to open. While there will be a heavy police presence at the closed mall, there will be no impact to traffic or surrounding neighborhoods from this training.