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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

SWAT teams from all over the state are putting their skills to the test in Southwest Louisiana. It's part of the Louisiana Tactical Officer's Association annual conference.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting this year's conference at their Training Academy off Mallard Cove Drive.

Eighteen SWAT teams from around the state are competing against each other. Each team went through an obstacle course, which included climbing, running, repelling down walls, sniper shooting, rifle shooting, and shotgun shooting.

In order to finish, they must work as a team and make every second and shot count.

"The competition itself is based on obviously time and then on top of that you have different penalty infractions for safety and things of that sort and then how accurate you are on the target you are shooting at with your different weapon systems," explained Lt. Michael Walker, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Testing their agility and every day skills -- these officers are used to the unexpected and say they rely on what they know to get them through.

"Communication, physical fitness and shooting has to be on point... You get all of those and you are good to go," said Sgt. Kris Hill, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

It's a rare glimpse for the public to see the SWAT training in action. Six year old Brayden Strenth is in awe of the officers' strength.

"I think it is really hard for the people and that little fence is kind hard... you have to use your feet," said Strenth.

While the experience is good, so is the comradery and spirit to win.

"It's definitely a tough competition because every team -- they don't want to lose and that is the goal any time we go out on a mission or anything like that -- we will not lose. And that's the same mentality they have out here today. They don't want to lose," said Dale Sharp, Chief of Special Operations for Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, & President of the Louisiana Tactical Officer's Association.

The average time for each team is 35 to 40 minutes. The conference continues through Friday.

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