Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:42:15 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
A newly-formed, multi-agency SWAT team has been busy deploying to several high-stakes crime scenes.
The Northern Region SWAT Team was formed last June to serve northern Wood County. Previously, the entire county was served by a multi-agency team out of the sheriff's office in Bowling Green. The new team cuts response times in half.
"A SWAT team's role is to respond to situations that are outside of the scope of normal police capabilities," said Officer Joe Ball of the Perrysburg Township Police and the Northern Region SWAT Team. "Basically, when police have to call 911, they call the SWAT team."
The Northern Region SWAT Team is made up of 18 members from six departments in northern Wood County – villages and townships that some would consider quiet.
"Evil-doers of the world don't know jurisdictional boundaries," said Chief Mark Hummer, of the Lake Township Police. "So we have to be as prepared as our larger counterparts in the urban areas to deal with the exact same type of situations that they do."
In the last six months, the team has helped apprehend a pair of brothers wanted in connection with the murder of a Perrysburg Heights woman, assisted the DEA on high-risk narcotics busts, and helped Lake Township with an armed gunman who allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend, their son, and then himself.
Chief Hummer said he hopes to do more.
"I envision growing this team to do more than just response," Hummer said. "I'd like to see them work together in drug interdiction, and tactical patrol. So if we're having an issue in one area, they can work together."
The team started with a shoestring budget of $18,000. Each year, departments pay $1,000 per officer they have on the force. That pays for body armor, helmets, ammunition, and other necessities.