The City of Jeffersonville would like to recognize the Jeffersonville Police Department SWAT Team recent participation in the state’s annual Indiana SWAT Challenge, an annual competition that was held this year in Muncie, Indiana on September 6th – 8th. JPD Swat Commander Josh Lynch, Officers Justin Salsbury, Shaune Davis, Steve Cooper, Kenton Makowsky, Sam Moss, and Joe Hubbard represented the department at the event.
The JPD team particpated alongside 16 other teams from departments around the state, many of which from departments with officers who are dedicated full-time to SWAT operations. Competition included events in areas including agility and physical endurance, individual and team marksmanship, an obstacle course, and sniper competition. Jeffersonville’s team placed 8th out of 16 teams, with the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Section North Squad finishing in first place, and the ISP Central Squad finishing 2nd.
“We are very proud of our team’s performance and effort,” said Major Josh Lynch, JPD SWAT Commander. “JPD SWAT represented our department and the City of Jeffersonville with honor. Every challenge that we competed in was a gut check, each event was the most physically and mentally challenging task that we have ever encountered. This event gave us an opportunity to learn from full-time SWAT teams as far as operational tactics, training aspects, and marksmanship drills. We definetly left this competition a better team than when we arrived. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”
“We’re extremely proud of the men and women of the Jeffersonville Police Department,” stated Mayor Mike Moore. “The City of Jeffersonville is proud of the JPD SWAT team and their hard work at this event – but more importantly their committment to professionalism on a daily basis. Many of our officers go above and beyond both in terms of their dedication to the department, as well as to the people of Jeffersonville.”