A North Miami Beach police sniper has been chosen as the South Florida representative of the Florida SWAT Association.
Officer Christopher Starnes, 36, was chosen to “facilitate and promote special tactics training” locally, according to the department.
Special Weapons And Tactics, or SWAT, teams consist of heavily armed, specially trained officers who help in hunting down dangerous criminals, rescue hostages and other high-risk operations.
The Florida SWAT Association offers networking and education to SWAT and similar units across the state, annual events and competitions and a quarterly magazine. The other two reps are Ed Caneva and Jorge Herrera, both of Miami-Dade police.
(Miami-Dade's Special Response Team, working in 2007, is pictured here.)