Elementary students learn about SWAT
Clifton students get introduced to M.C.S.O.
Some lucky elementary school students got an up-close-and-personal look at equipment SWAT members use to serve and protect.
Students at Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Clifton met with Mesa County sheriff's deputies and SWAT members Friday afternoon.
The kids were lifted into SWAT's Bearcat rescue vehicle to get an idea of what SWAT members see on a daily basis.
Students also got a chance to try on bullet-proof vests and helmets. With a little help, the children attempted to lift heavy shields that task force members use for protection as well.
It was partially described as a career day event, but deputies said it's a great way for them to introduce themselves to the kids.
It helps them respect us a little more, just to see that we're people, we're not scary, we're just here to help them and just be a good role model for them," said Deputy Andrew Means, school resource officer with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
SWAT members and deputies also answered questions for the curious students to teach them a little bit more about what they do on a daily basis.
Deputy Means said he's only been the school resource officer for a few weeks, but he's hoping to bring the SWAT vehicle out to several more local schools in the upcoming years.
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