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ACPD to Hold Paintball SWAT Exercise in Neighborhood

by ARLnow.com October 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm 5,033 26 Comments

The Arlington County Police Department will be holding a SWAT training exercise in the Donaldson Run neighborhood tomorrow.

The exercise is expected to involve officers using paintball guns and flash grenades. Residents in the area should expect some loud noises and the presence of numerous police vehicles.

From an ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team will be conducting a training exercise at 3963 N. 26th Street on Tuesday, October 23rd between 6:00 am – 3:00pm. The purpose of the training is to simulate real life situation and a coordinated response in your neighborhood.

There will be no live ammunition used in this exercise. However, realistic looking training weapons that shoot paint projectiles will be utilized. Noise flash diversionary devices may also be utilized during this exercise. These devices will make considerable noise but do not dispense any munitions. The noise may be upsetting to small children, pets or those with sensitive hearing. If someone in your household falls into one of those categories we ask you take precautions you believe are appropriate.

Numerous Police vehicles will be parked in the area. These vehicles will not block any driveways or the right of way on the road. Should a vehicle need to be relocated because it is blocking your access, please contact one of the on-scene control officers for assistance. The control officers can be identified by the bright yellow traffic control vests they will be wearing.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Realistic training is critical to enhancing our capabilities to serve and protect you to the best of our ability. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

  • Release the trolls!

    • Neighbor

      This sounds like one of those fake April 1st stories.

      • Al Gore

        “The Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team will be conducting an amphibious training exercise at 3963 N. 26th Street on Tuesday, October 23rd between 6:00 am – 3:00pm.”


        • WeiQiang

          You WIN!

  • Bacon

    My 12 year old wants to take the day off of school and go down and participate. He has a paint ball gun and is quite the Jr marksman. It should be fun for him.

  • SomeGuy

    The noise may be upsetting… we ask you take precautions you believe are appropriate.

    I’m not sure I’d give carte blanche to a paint-balling citizenry like that. Is their press statement grounds for a plausible legal defense if some 12 y/o kid lights up some officers with a paintball gun of his own?

  • DCBuff

    Donaldson Run. Ha!

  • Ashton Heights

    Who, for realism sake, wants to join me in ambushing the police in full paintball riot gear & paintball guns? This could be fun! Real life cops & robbers.

    • WeiQiang

      Yeah. Um, about that. No.

      Besides, what the article and notice don’t tell you is that this will be a seaborne exercise. First live-action employment of the Roaches Run mobile dock unit, now moored at DRYC.

    • Chris

      Given the season, I think a zombie invasion of the neighborhood would be a good way to test APD.

    • Observer

      LOL, I’d be up for that.

  • coppa

    Why don’t Arlington Police do their training in Arlington?

    • Rick


  • R E Lee

    This assumes that Arlington will be attacked from the north….if I were you I would be more concerned about my southern flank.

    Just sayin’………..

  • Jay

    Is this a big waste of money? Boys with toys? Part of the national trend of turning police from members of community into heavily armed paramilitary forces that then over-react to incidents with huge weapons because… they have them. See http://www.cato.org/raidmap/ How often is the Arlington SWAT team required anyway?

    • hollywood


    • Buck futter

      Then why don’t you sign up for the job and go out there with a horse and a revolver and let me know how that works out for you. Its easy to find a handful of examples nationwide to support a hairbrain theory– maybe ill create a website detailing the thousands of successful police operations that saved lives. Theres also a million websites that claim 9/11 was a conspiracy, but that doesnt make it true.

  • ACDC Hack

    ” How often is the Arlington SWAT team required anyway?”

    Well, we corner one of them there pesky Republicans weekly and they tend to put up more of fight than your average resident…….

  • hollywood

    I hope they train hard, writing all those tickets to food truck parking violators certainly requires special weapons and tactics. . .

  • We’re Next…

    They’re training for us…

  • coppafill

    Sounds a little lgbt they could just got a room

  • Buck futter

    Typical liberal mentality of “that could never happen here…. We all drive Priuses!” News flash: that idiot with the molotov cocktail last week could have an assault rifle next week, if he wasnt caught… Or the next lunatic will. Im sure similar anti-police citizens used to make the same jokes in Aurora, CO before the Batman shootings. Once again, the police cant win. If all they do is write tickets (according to the majority of trolls on here), then you wont mind them taking a day off to train and you can speed all you want for YOUR benefit.

  • bobbytiger

    I feel safer already.

  • Ted

    What do the police expect to happen in the Donaldson Run neighborhood? The main police activity in this neighborhood is answering burglar alarm activations when there is high wind like during a thunderstorm.

    • Ranger

      Its’ not for that neighborhood specifically, its general preparation.
      Think then post.

  • David

    Why are there wings on the Arlington SWAT badge? Do SWAT members have to become jump qualified or something?


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