ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - The Elmira Police Department has a new training tool thanks to the Hilliard Corporation.
The manufacturing company designed and built the breaching door for the department. It's designed to withstand repeated breaching practice without suffering major damage. It will allow SWAT team members to practice in realistic building entry training that would otherwise permanently destroy valuable property and resources.
"This is a huge asset to the Elmira Police department, otherwise it would be an extreme expense to get a tool like this," says Chief of Police, Joseph Kane. "It allows us to practice with our breaching with our SWAT team, without damaging property, otherwise we'd have to go to somebody's house or build some other device, and this is extremely sturdy, will stand up to the rigors of SWAT training and breaching."
EPD took the door with them today. It's ready to be used right away.
"A few years ago it was mentioned that they would appreciate a training device for breaching, so we thought it was a neat idea and we started working on it, and the product is behind you here, to see what it is, it's a very important part of the SWAT teams training to help keep our city safer, so it was an interesting and fun project for us, and I'm sure hoping that it helps the SWAT team with their training going forward," says Jan van den Blink, Chairman and CEO of Hilliard.
Hilliard officials said they'd be interested in hearing from any police agencies that are interested in the training tool.