FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) - It's physically demanding, but also a test of having to make split second decisions and skills and ability to hit a target up to a mile away.
But there was also intel to share between the Austin Police Department's SWAT and snipers from Fort Hood's 3rd Cavalry Regiment.
"Military's rules of engagement have gotten very strict over the last few years," said Jeff Dwyer with the Austin Police Department. "That kind of reflects the police department. We have very strict rules of engagement. It has to be certain circumstances where you can actually use lethal force."
"They can train us to shoot through glass, which is something we don't do a lot of," Trinity Ison with the cavalry unit said. "It's something that they have to plan for and be ready to execute at any given time."
Police say working with the military is critical, but there are some differences. Austin officers generally work with targets within a 30 yard range. The military's targets are much further than that. Soldiers train to strike a mile away, but need more knowledge to fight in populated areas.
"Because you have magnified optics and you're able to see greater detail," Dwyer said. "A lot of the times as a sniper and you're passing that information along to the rest of the either the officers on scene."
Taking out targets is critical, but knowing how to read people is just as important.
"You've got criminal gangs," said John Roure of Operation Enduring Support. "You've got probably a bad element, which is a small element to the population".
It's the first time they've trained together but based on how much both sides have gained, they'll likely meet again for a second round.
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