Joint Task Force 7 undergoes training

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Pictured is the JTF-7 group at the Tactical Operator's Course. The JTF-7 includes members from Ascension, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, and East Feliciana Parishes.

Three Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputies who are members of the Joint Task Force 7 (JTF-7) attended Waterborne Response Team training last week. The training was a week-long Tactical Operator's Course training. Other members of the JTF-7 were in attendance as well.

The five-day course was a combination of classroom instruction, on the water training exercises, mock scenarios that include identifying and protecting High Value Assets, techniques used to protect stationary and moving assets, identifying and intercepting targets of interest, use of force, and vessel pursuit tactics.

"The training was intense. It really took us to the next level as a boat operator and learning the capabilities of our boat," said Sgt. Shane Cannon.

The course was presented by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is recognized as a national training standard.

"The training was very helpful in making us realize the need for teamwork and communication in performing these maneuvers on the water and the help that is available from the other agencies involved in the JTF-7 task force," said Deputy Denny Phillips.

The JTF-7 was established to be a force multiplier in assisting the Coast Guard and other forces to secure and protect critical maritime assets, resources, and infrastructure. The JTF-7 includes members from Ascension, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, and East Feliciana Parishes.