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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 10:00 pm

Top-notch SWAT team

Members of the Lodi Police Department SWAT Team were recognized at Wednesday night's Lodi City Council meeting for their first-place finish in the Sierra Foothill Tactical Challenge this July.

The event consisted of three days of training scenarios including: hostage/rescue; high-risk search warrant entry; narcotics buy and bust; and dignitary protection. Physical challenges involved traversing a demanding ravine area; a timed land navigation course; and a 1.5-mile race through forest terrain.

This is the third time the Lodi Police Department SWAT Team won the competition, previously placing first in 2001 and 2004.

Those in this year's challenge were Sgt. Fernando Martinez, Sgt. Mike Oden, Officer Sean Blanford, Cpl. Sierra Brucia, Cpl. David Griffin, Officer Kevin Kent and Officer Mike Manetti.

Extreme softball team

Members of Lodi Extreme, the World Champion Babe Ruth Girls 16 and Under Softball team, were honored Wednesday night at the Lodi City Council meeting at Carnegie Forum.

The Extreme was one of 10 teams in the World Series Championships in Pittsfield, Mass. The teams represented Babe Ruth regional champions from throughout the United States.

The Lodi Extreme has been to the World Series for the past three years with third place finishes in 2006 and 2007. The team is sponsored by the Boosters of Boys and Girls Sports and the city of Lodi.

Lodi Chief of Police David Main describes events in which the Lodi SWAT team competed at the Sierra Foothill Tactical Challenge. Lodi SWAT, which is made up of full-time patrol officers who are called upon for SWAT missions as needed, took first-place overall against other full-time SWAT teams. (Dan Evans/News-Sentinel)

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  • posted at 8:03 am on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    It should not matter whether they paid their expenses or got paid while there. Be thankful they are good enough to win, which means they will be good enough to protect the community.

  • posted at 12:16 pm on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    I feel proud to know that Lodi PD has a SWAT team that has expertise when needed. I will gladly pay the fees to ensure the safety of my family. I hope T&C ,you never need them. At any cost.Lodi extreme Girls...you did it! We are sooooo proud! Lodi has a group of girls who make us proud! Thank you Lodi Unified for allowing these girls and other athletes, to expand their horizons. If we were on the same school schedule as the rest of the country, this would not be an issue. Since it is, thanks for supporting them!

  • posted at 4:45 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    I'll be relieved to hear that the SWAT team took three or four days off unpaid and paid their own hotel and meal expenses.



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