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First female officer earns spot on Paducah Police SWAT team

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First female officer earns spot on Paducah Police SWAT team

The Paducah Sun

For the first time, the Paducah Police Department has chosen a female officer to join its Special Weapons and Tactics team.

Officer Chelsee Breakfield, who joined the department in October 2014, is the first woman named to the specialized team formed in 1980.

She joins Officer Cody Santel, who started with the department in January 2015, as the team's newest members. The two recently completed rigorous testing procedures.

The SWAT team is called upon to help resolve critical incidents that involved a threat to public safety.

To be selected, officers must successfully complete various tests that involve physical fitness, firearms proficiency, and observation and memory. They also are exposed to scenarios that evaluate areas of leadership, tactics, knowledge and how they react in stressful situations

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