A new regional SWAT team wrapped up training on Friday.
The unit in Northern Wood County is made up of 17 officers from several police departments including Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, Lake Township, and Northwood.
It's formed to be a way to pool limited resources and keep the community safe.
"We need to have a response if something were to go drastically wrong. It's very crucial and it's a really good service to all the citizens in the area," says Perrysburg Township Police Officer Joseph Ball. "We've concocted this team of specially trained individuals so we can properly respond to things such as the high risk search warrants, the barricaded gunman, the suicidal individuals who are in crisis."
"It feels great working hard toward something and ultimately it's going to benefit Northern Wood County," says Lake Township Police Officer Todd Cromer. "We can respond in critical situations. Hopefully we can get it settled in a civil manner."
The Northern Regional SWAT team spent the week training at the Center for Emergency Preparedness at Owens Community College.
All of the officers will remain on the streets with their home departments, but if a high risk situation comes up they'll be able to respond with the SWAT team.