Two Kissimmee women become elite SWAT team members

by: Shannon Butler Updated:

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Becoming a part of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, or SWAT, requires being the best of the best. They are elite sharpshooters that deal in high risk situations, like hostage rescues. 

Shannon Dore and Whitney Karlskin are part of the SWAT unit with the Kissimmee Police Department. 

They discovered there are some cases where being smaller, benefits in certain situations.

“We are small. So when it comes to attic searches, tight places, that is where we are going to benefit,” Shannon Dore told Channel 9’s Shannon Butler. 

Butler ran through the same training course the SWAT team must complete. The course is a lot of running, climbing, scaling the side of a building and target shooting. 

Butler failed the course and had to receive help with the target practice.

Watch below for a behind the scenes look of what it's like to be a SWAT team member:

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