MANCHESTER — The annual two-week SWAT certification course offered by the New Hampshire Tactical Officers Association begins today. During the two weeks, in addition to classes, there will be field exercises in Manchester and Nashua.
Manchester Police SWAT team co-leader Nate Boudreau has been training coordinator for the association since it began in 2004, and he wanted to ensure city residents were not taken by surprise when armor-wearing, gun-carrying police officers conduct field exercises within the city.
Forty officers, including two from Massachusetts and two federal officers, will be taking part.
“It’s the largest one we’ve done,” Boudreau said. There will be 15 teams participating in the training from today through May 30.
The two-week course is intensive. “It prepares them for special weapons and tactics,” said Boudreau, with classroom as well as practical education and training.
Boudreau said the participants will be working every day, except Wednesday, when the funeral is held for Brentwood Police Officer Steven Arkell, who was shot to death as he entered a home in response to a domestic call. They will be working on Memorial Day.
Boudreau said officers will be training at the Sununu Youth Development Center on River Road on May 20 and 26, at 232 Conant St. May 23, and at the old Manchester Police Station, 351 Chestnut St., May 30.