ATLANTIC — Members of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s department came to Atlantic on Thursday to participate in a joint training exercise with the Atlantic officers.
Lt. Steve Winchell, of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s department said the Atlantic Police “knew we had an emergency response team — a SWAT team — and asked us to put on a patrol response type training.”
Winchell and almost off of his team of 13 came to Atlantic to train and work with Atlantic officers to give them additional tools they might need in case they had to respond to a rapidly evolving situation.
“We’re here to teach these guys what we know, and give them as many tools as possible,” he said.
The training included information on training and planning for incidents, like cases where, “if they have to do a search warrant, we give them the planning the steps that we do,” he said, “to help them, and ultimately make everyone safer.”
Atlantic Police Chief Dave Erickson was able to get four officers to participate in the training, and they started training around 7 a.m.
“We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department,” Erickson said, adding that the joint training would help the department immensely.
“It also helps us to train with them,” Erickson said, “In case we have to work together, we know what to do.”
What was learned in the training could be passed on to other departments Atlantic might work with, Winchell said. “Whether or not we’re part of a team, they can use the same information to work with other (departments) and give them the same information.”