STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville residents may have heard gunshots and explosions and noticed a multitude of police vehicles Friday morning, Dec. 6, on Main Street, but there was nothing to fear. The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office hosted SWAT training for its allied police agencies.
Major Dwayne Boardman, chief deputy at the sheriff’s office, said he and the commander of the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force created the exercise. SWAT teams from the sheriff’s office, Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police all participated. Sheriff Gary Hofmann also attended.
Property owners Kimberly and David Azar donated a large white house at 502 Main Street to use for the scene. The house is slated to be demolished to make way for a new apartment building, Boardman said. The Azars were present during the training.
Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department also assisted with the exercise, and Fire Chief Buddy Thomas attended.
It was a full-blown scenario with people playing assigned roles, Boardman said, and it helped highlight areas to work on along with identifying what worked well.