September 16, 2013

SCPD Tactical Team Takes Awards in SWAT Competition "Best in the West"

Last week, 7 members of the Santa Cruz Police Department Tactical team competed in the annual “Best in the West” SWAT competition. 

This event invites the top SWAT teams throughout California, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada.  The teams compete in a number of grueling events that test their physical strength as well as individual and team SWAT skills.  Our team members compete internally for the right to represent SCPD at this event.
This year’s team consisted of Sergeant Chris LeMoss, Sergeant Arnold Vasquez, Sergeant Greg Crofts, Officer Carter Jones, Officer Alec Ganzel, Officer Josh Trog and Officer Erich Hoppe.  This was our second year of being invited to compete in this event.
Left to Right:  Carter Jones, Greg Crofts, Alec Ganzel, Chris LeMoss, Josh Trog, Erich Hoppe, Arnold Vasquez
We are proud to announce that Sergeant Chris LeMoss took Second Place in the individual Sniper Course event, while our team was awarded Third Place in the team Sniper Event.   

This was a great accomplishment and testament to the skills, discipline and dedication our team possesses.  These team members work hard and take pride in their skills and team chemistry.  Our Tactical team beat out much larger and better equipped agencies. 

Congratulations to Sergeant Chris LeMoss and the rest of our “Best in the West” Tactical Team.