APO Phillip Collard, Ofc. Nicholas Wissner, Det. Yidier Gonzales, APO Chris Tucker

APO Phillip Collard, Ofc. Nicholas Wissner, Det. Yidier Gonzales, APO Chris Tucker

SAVANNAH, GA (April 21, 2015) A team of SWAT Team officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department placed third in SWAT Teams and seventh in the overall competition at the Special Operations Warrior Challenge Operation One Voice competition in Gwinnett County last Saturday.

It was the second year that the SCMPD SWAT Team placed in the top three of Special Weapons and Tactics competition at the event that supports wounded Special Forces Operators and their families. SCMPD SWAT placed second in 2014.

The teams compete in various categories including marksmanship, physical fitness, mental toughness and teamwork.

Competing on behalf of the Savannah team were APO Phillip Collard, Ptl. Nicholas Wissner, Detective Yidier Gonzalez and APO Chris Tucker.

Metro Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin, Sr., praised the efforts of the Metro team that performed well against some of the best units in the country.

“Our officers competed against some of the top police departments in Georgia as well as military teams that have much more time to train and practice,” Lumpkin said. “This shows the caliber and character of Savannah-Chatham Metro Police and I certainly appreciate their hard work and success.”

The Army Special Forces – Special Forces Medical School USASOC Team 2 took first place overall, followed by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Rapid Response Team, second;  Ranger Team 1 and Ranger Team 2, third; Ranger Team 2 and Gwinnett County Police SWAT, tie for fourth; Navy Divers/Kingsport, sixth; and SCMPD, seventh.

Filling out the top 10 were DeKalb County Police SWAT; Gwinnett County Fire; and Special Forces/USASOC 1.