Cocoa Police Selects Officer Sayge Gray First-Ever Female SWAT Team Member
By Yvonne Martinez // May 19, 2019
Gray joins a team of 14 SWAT officers tasked with responding to critical incidents
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Police Department SWAT team has named Officer Sayge Gray its first female SWAT officer in agency history.
Cocoa police officials said that she was selected after successfully completing a day-long tryout in which she was evaluated on physical, mental, emotional and overall ability to perform the job.
Gray joins a team of 14 SWAT officers tasked with responding to critical incidents, high-risk search and arrest warrants, barricaded subjects and other high-stress incidents requiring tactical response.
“The process was challenging and I learned so much about myself and the people I work with,” Officer Gray said. “I’m looking forward to being part of this team.”
During the daylong tryout, officers were put through several scenarios testing their ability to respond under pressure.
In addition to testing their physical abilities in a demanding obstacle course and physical fitness test, the officers were tested in a tactical scenario during physical exhaustion.
“We looked for how the officer handled the physical stress with the stress of having to make critical and tactical decisions,” said Lt. Tony Marchica, SWAT team commander. “Officer Gray performed extremely well and I’m confident she will be a vital asset to our team.”
Gray, 25, was born and raised in Central Florida and was sworn in as a Cocoa police officer in November 2017. She graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy at Eastern Florida State College in 2016.
Another officer, Xzevies Baez, was also added to the team during the recent tryout.
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