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Biloxi Police Blow Down Doors On Popp's Ferry

A vacant house on Popp's Ferry Road proved to be the perfect spot for some rather loud police training. The Biloxi Police Department practiced "explosive entries."

The special response team joined forces with the bomb squad for Friday's training exercise. They're Biloxi's SWAT team.

"This is the first time we've done it with our team," said leader, John Doucet.

The training ground is a vacant house with something extra.

"The back door's metal. So we're going to be using a water charge," said John Campbell.

Campbell is with the bomb squad. He's in charge of the explosives used during the drill.

"Shock tubing attached to a blasting cap. Very reliable," said Campbell, during a briefing before the blasts.

"Shield man holds there. Only John and the cover man approach the door," said Doucet as he instructed the younger officers.

Dry runs prepare the team before the blast. The unique training ground is something special

"Having an actual house and then being able to have the guys do an entry after the door has been blown off, it gives them more of the real feel," said Doucet.

Teamwork is required and precise.

"You're going to be holding it with your off hand, put your head down here," said an officer, while adjusting the protective "shield" that guards the officer out front.

"You want to make sure no one gets hurt, especially in training type situations. So, teamwork is very, very important. That's why we had so many dry runs," Campbell explained.

Officers overcome the unexpected.

"When we set the charge on the back door, it fell off the first time, so we had to reapproach and reset," said Doucet.

The second time is a blast.

"Some of y'all who've never seen that before, what'd you think?" asked the commander.

"It was awesome. Awesome," said the officers in training.

The front door came next.

"Team covering the window right there, and then they come around here with the shield up and charger out of there," directed one officer.

Explosive entry is for special situations only.

"When you might have barricaded suspects. And it's an extremely high risk entry. You don't want to spent time sitting and ramming the door. You want to get in as fast as you can," said Campbell.

Once the front door was blown down in a blast, the proud training team shook their heads and smiled.

"He's dead," said one officer, pointing to the suspect-on-a-poster inside the house.

"One of the bad guys," remarked another, while pointing to a bullet riddled cutout.

"It's the best training we've had in awhile," said commander Doucet.

By Steve Phillips

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