One of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid was S.W.A.T.; when it came on, my brother and I would tear around the house with our plastic pump shotguns, flying over the back of the family sofa into the perfect spot to dodge a barrage of unfriendly fire, or watch the TV cops come flying out of their blue panel van with the familiar “hut, hut, hut.”
Wednesday, our UTMB Police Department will join the Galveston PD in a little “hut hut” training of their own. A joint tactical rapid response training exercise is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. around the old physical plant storeroom, north of Jennie Sealy Hospital.
Like the TV show, there’s no live ammo being used. Unlike the show, the officers will be practicing some important skills we hope they never need, but will be glad they have if they do. Some may remember a similar exercise in the ER area a year or two ago.