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Lake in the Hills police, McHenry County Sheriff's Office to conduct SWAT team training

Signage will indicate extra law enforcement in area

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office will be working in conjunction with the Lake in the Hills Police Department to perform SWAT team training at a vacant village-owned building Wednesday.

Training will be from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. at 1111 Pyott Road, and it will involve a large police presence in the area. Police are advising that any noises heard in the area likely will be a result of the training exercises.

As a precaution, police will be putting up “training in progress” signs in the Pyott Road area.

A SWAT team is composed of members from several local police departments and is activated to assist agencies during high-risk situations outside normal police procedures, such as barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, active shooters and high-risk search or arrest warrants.

One of the most recent incidents requiring SWAT team assistance was in February, when a 27-year-old Lake in the Hills man allegedly threatened police officers with a weapon, triggering a neighborhood lockdown for about six hours.

Through the cooperation of multiple police agencies, the suspect, Garrett C. Kowalczyk, was arrested without incident and taken into custody. He is being charged with aggravated assault, resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property.

Police said Kowalczyk threatened officers with a weapon but never displayed one. A search of his home did not turn up any guns.

For information about SWAT response, visit the sheriff’s office’s website.

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